The National Nutrition Council launches “10 Kumainments” for Pinoys’ healthy lifestyle

Now, Filipinos from every walk of life can find ways to get healthy and be nutritionally well by following very simple guidelines drawn up by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) of the Department of Health (DOH).

The “10 Kumainments” — a campaign to promote the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos — was launched by the NNC at the “3rd National Conference of Nutrition Action Officers” held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on October 23, 2014.

Moises “Mang Moi” Dalisay discusses the 10 Kumainments, the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos with Jovita Raval, the National Nutrition Council Chief of the Nutrition Information and Education Division.

The 10 Kumainments are the popularized versions of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) approved by the NNC Governing Board to promote a healthy lifestyle among Pinoys. The nutritional guidelines aim to address and prevent malnutrition and diet-related non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

The Kumainments are simple and easy to remember guidelines that can be easily followed by ordinary citizens to improve their nutritional status. With messages like “Kumain ng iba’t ibang pagkain”, “Kumain ng gulay at prutas araw-araw”, and “Panatilihin ang tamang timbang”, individuals are encouraged to eat the right foods, exercise right and pursue a healthy lifestyle in 10 easy rules. The messages will be aired on TV and radio stations nationwide.

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Carmelita Abalos, President of the Nutrition Action Officers Association of the Philippines; Mario Capanzana, Director of Food and Nutrition Research Institute; Jovita Raval, NNC Chief of the Nutrition Information and Education Division; Dr. Corazon VC Barba, Professor Emeritus of UP Los Banos; Dr. Rodolfo Florentino, President of the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines launch a popular version of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos, the “10 Kumainments”. The standee in the middle is the main character for the campaign, Moises “Mang Moi” Dalisay.

A campaign character, Moises Dalisay also known as “Mang Moi”, was also introduced at the launch. Patterned after Moses or Moises of the Bible story who handed out the Ten Commandments, the friendly “Mang Moi” crusades for the “10 Kumainments” that Pinoys should follow for better nutrition.

“We encourage all the Nutrition Action Officers in the country to help disseminate the 10 Kumainments to the barangay level, to the households so that they can contribute in influencing proper nutrition behaviours and to also be able to help reduce malnutrition in the country,” said Jovita Raval, NNC Chief of the Nutrition Information and Education Division.

The NGF was developed by the interagency and multi-sectoral Technical Working Group on the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos chaired by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI?DOST). The NGF also underwent multi-sectoral consultations. NNC was tasked to disseminate the NGF to ensure its adoption among Filipinos to contribute to improved nutrition.

The launch was attended by Nutrition Action Officers from all over the country who are also expected to help in the dissemination of the 10 Kumainments in barangays nationwide. The 3rd National Conference of Nutrition Action Officers used the theme in this program, “I Need You NAO and Forever” and conducted sessions that tackled nationwide data and project updates from the NNC and its partner agencies.

For more information, write or call the NATIONAL NUTRITION COUNCIL, 2332 Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Taguig City. Tel. Nos. 843.0142; 843.1337; 843.5824; Fax No. 843.5818; Email: [email protected] or visit and Twitter @NNC_official.

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