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22 July 2016. Nutrition Month is a campaign held every month of July to create greater knowledge among Filipinos on the importance of nutrition. Presidential Decree 491 or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines mandates the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to lead and coordinate the nationwide campaign. Now on its 42nd year, NNC comes up with a theme to call the nation's attention and action: "FIRST 1000 DAYS NI BABY PAHALAGAHAN PARA SA MALUSOG NA KINABUKASAN." It focuses on the first 1000 days of life from conception until the second birthday of the child and highlights as the "golden window of opportunity" for interventions that aim to achieve maximum potential of the child's growth and development.
This 2016, the LGU through the Municipal Nutrition Council, conceptualized the opening of the First 1000 Days Booths to celebrate this year's Nutrition Month celebration. There were 3 booths: First, PRE-NATAL BOOTH which caters to all pregnant women. Each of them signed a pledge of commitment in support to the First 1000 days of life and be advocates of breastfeeding. They were also given buntis emergency kits. Second, INFANT (UNDER 1 YEAR OLD) BOOTH. All lactating mothers of 0-6 months old were given Nutrition Assessment & Counseling and Infant kits. Third booth is the TODDLER (1-2 yEARS OLD) BOOTH. Free medical checkup was given to the identified affected/at-risk toddlers based on the latest OPT result. Nutrition assessment and counseling were also given to the parents of these identified childred. After which, they were given oral hygienic kits and good commodities. In addition, the Municipal Agriculture Office distributed vegetable seeds for the families of the affected/at-risk pre-schoolers. IEC materials on Health and Nutrition were likewise distributed. An On-the-spot photo contest was also conducted where the winners received PhP 1,000.00 cash plus there winning photo.">