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North Luzon Philippines State College through the Office of the Medical-Dental Services, headed by the College Physician, Dr. Manuel D. Cadacio, and the College Nurse, Mr. Alex G. Ragucos, in cooperation with the Southern Ilocos Sur Medical Society (SISMS), led the annual celebration of Nutrition Month with this year’s theme: “Kumain nang Wasto at Maging Aktibo. Push Natin ‘To!” on July 16, 2019 at the College gymnasium.

Medical-Dental Services Office, SISMS lead Nutrition Month Celebration

North Luzon Philippines State College through the Office of the Medical-Dental Services, headed by the College Physician, Dr. Manuel D. Cadacio, and the College Nurse, Mr. Alex G. Ragucos, in cooperation with the Southern Ilocos Sur Medical Society (SISMS), led the annual celebration of Nutrition Month with this year’s theme: “Kumain nang Wasto at Maging Aktibo. Push Natin ‘To!” on July 16, 2019 at the College gymnasium.

Dr. Melody Barroga, President of the SISMS enlightened the participants about the theme of the celebration which is centered on the importance of having a healthy diet and being physically active. She encouraged them to prevent or delay the on-set of various diseases such as those which are hereditary or genetic, by modifying one’ lifestyle, observe healthy diet, avoid smoking, and limit alcohol intake, and further quoted: “Fitness is not about being better than someone else; it is about being better than you used to be”.

Moreover, Dr. Junifer G. Germinal, the first resource speaker, discussed the topic on Healthy Diet and Physical Activity, emphasizing their eagerness, as healthcare providers, to promote nutrition and physical activity as these two are modifiable risk factors to non-communicable diseases. Dr. Germinal added that regular physical activity protects against various diseases; while sedentary behavior or prolonged sitting may be a distinct risk factor, for multiple adverse health outcomes in adults. She highlighted then three key messages related to her topic which are to: 1) have one or more physical activity every day; 2) reduce screen time to two hours or less each day, and 3) eat three food groups everyday for variety.

On the other hand, Dr. Karen Sanchez, lectured on the Effects of Cigarette Smoking and Vaping.  She presented several adverse effects to the human body of both addictive activities which could lead to acquiring smoke-related diseases such as lung cancer, bronchopneumonia, etc. She further clarified that these diseases can also be acquired, not by the smoker alone, but can be transferred through second-hand smoke and/or thirdhand smoke. Citing its benefits, Dr. Sanchez informed the participants that when they quit smoking for 30 minutes, their heart rate will be normalized, their blood pressure will return to normal in just 2 hours, and if they quit for one day, the carbon monoxide level of their body will decrease.

The aforesaid celebration was actively participated by the top management officials, headed by the President, Dr. Elizabeth M. Gacusana, faculty and staff, and students of the College, and the officers and members of the SISMS, whose dance skills were also tested as they grooved in an electrifying Zumba dance.

It was indeed a very engaging and fruitful activity for this included the dissemination of health-related information through lectures from experts in the field of medicine, and the conduct of various contested activities such as cooking contest, poster-making, and quiz bee. (by Imari G. Taloza)

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