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Nutritious Treats on Stepping Stone’s Celebration of Nutrition Month

Eating nutritious food makes once body fit and healthy. The body will increase its potential to have more strength, glow in skin and clear vision. That is why the Department of Health (DOH) annually campaigns and encourages different communities, institutions, particularly schools and the people in general to give important importance to health thru proper daily diet and eating foods that are complete with all the nutrients the body needs. In line with this The National Nutrition Council (NNC) an agency of the Philippines Government under the Department of Health, approved the theme for this year’s Nutrition Month celebration, “Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyun Agapan!” last March 26, 2014 during the 2nd NNC Technical Committee meeting held at Philippine Statistic Authority in Makati City.

Eating nutritious food makes once body fit and healthy. The body will increase its potential to have more strength, glow in skin and clear vision. That is why the Department of Health (DOH) annually campaigns and encourages different communities, institutions, particularly schools and the people in general to give important importance to health thru proper daily diet and eating foods that are complete with all the nutrients the body needs. In line with this The National Nutrition Council (NNC) an agency of the Philippines Government under the Department of Health, approved the theme for this year’s Nutrition Month celebration, “Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyun Agapan!” last March 26, 2014 during the 2nd NNC Technical Committee meeting held at Philippine Statistic Authority in Makati City.

Stepping Stone annually celebrates Nutrition Month in July as a way of showing its support to our Government’s health programs and most importantly our school’s participation in disseminating information to our parents and students about things that they should be aware of and prepared for when calamities strike without having sacrifice the nourishment of all the members of the family. As the theme of this year clearly states, food should not only made available for the whole family to assuage hunger, but these must be considerably nutritious too despite the limited chance of storing fresh foods like meat, fish and different kinds of vegetables and fruits. Parents must be smart and ready to plan ahead the preparation of fortified meals, fish and different kinds of vegetables and fruits. Parents must be smart and ready to plan ahead the preparation of fortified meals about of the food ingredients that are not perishable within the duration and aftermath of calamities like typhoons, storm surges, flooding and earthquakes.

Just last week, our school organized a week-long Nutrition Celebration. The Early Intervention pupils prepared healthy sandwiches on Tuesday; the Functional Academics class made fresh fruits shakes on Wednesday; the Teen-Adult students cooked “chicken adobo” and rice for their lunch on Thursday to complete the Nutrition Week, a program was held in the morning at the Vocational Center of the school which hosted by Teacher Gizelle and Ralen. The event was very well attended led the opening prayer with the help of Teacher Mayang and Nyssa of Teen Adult Class for the singing of the National Anthem.

Each class presented a special song and dance number that made the program more enjoyable indeed. The Early Intervention pupils danced the “Silly Song”, “Hot Potato” and “Jump Up” and were shortly followed by the Functional Academics class who danced the “D’ Banana Boat”. After the first performances. Mrs. Edelyn Oben, our guest speaker emphasized on how we can make our daily meals fortified easily and that less or no cost at all. Mrs. Oben encouraged the parents to start planting vegetables in their background since nowadays most parents are working and have little time or sometimes no time at all for preparing nutritious food for their children. By having vegetables around the house. Nutritious food is just within reach anytime; this saves one money and will wake their children healthy and perform better at home and in school. Lastly, the Teen Adult class danced to the currently pop music “Happy”. What made the program more lively were the games hosted by Teachers Dada. All the students as well as the parents joined and enjoyed the games “ Bring Me” and “Answer Me”. The prizes given were dutch mill and yakult drinks which are healthy for everybody. While the students and other parents were enjoying the games, the cooking contest was simultaneously going on at the baking area.

The two teams who competed in preparing fortified mels were selected parents from Early Intervention, Functional Academics and Teen-Adult classes. Team A was composed of “Daddy Claudio. “Ate” Rona, and “ Mommy” Jo Ann; Team B was composed of “Mommy” Doris and “Ate” Yeshi. The task given to them was to prepare fortified meals through the use of the given ingredients such as noodles, eggs, onion, garlic, baguio pechay, bell peppers and carrots. The judges were Teacher Bernie and Teacher Sam, Speech Therapy Intern from University of Sto. Tomas. And Teacher Trish, a Sped OJT from the University of the Philippines. It took time for the judges to rate the noodle dishes as both team output were superbly fortified! But since a set of criteria was sed for rating, one team was declared the winner – Team A who garnered a score of 93%!

Finally, the Teen-Adult Class performed a Puppet show entitled “Oscars Penguins’ New Penguin Suit” with the help of their Teacher Kim, Dada and Ralen, Together with the University of Makati Psychology Practicum Students.

The Teachers did not simply want the students and the parents to be happy about what they watched and participated in but they also wanted everyone to enjoy the healthy treats the school prepared for them. Slices and pieces of fruits like apples, grapes, bananas and oranges were served to complete the “Happy Nutrition Day!” as promised.