By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health-Calabarzon said it will conduct training workshops for nutritionists and dietitians, who are working in various hospitals in the region, to enhance their knowledge in the development of an appropriate meal plan for patients.
The DOH-Calabarzon said that the participants will learn to assess a patient’s health needs and diet according to his or her health condition.
The workshop will also give an insight on how to “provide counsel and guidance to patients on proper nutrition and healthy eating habits, develop meal plans, taking into consideration the cost and the preference of the patient and evaluate the effects of the meal plan and modifying the meal plan as needed.”
“Choosing the right diet helps prevent or control lifestyle-related diseases including avoiding certain risk factors for cancer and heart disease, that is why nutrition education is very important and always remember to include adequacy, balance, calorie control, moderation, variety and nutrient density. when planning a healthy diet,” said DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo in a statement.
“We will be introducing new approaches on nutrition to combat NCDs (non-communicable diseases) and to educating health personnel in preparing an effective menu plan that is specific for patients affected with these illnesses,” he added.
DOH noted that lifestyle-related diseases are linked with how “people live with unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity as the main factors responsible for their development as well as drug abuse, smoking, and alcohol drinking.”
Examples of such illnesses include coronary artery diseases, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.
Meanwhile, the department will also provide training program for school canteen chefs and managers on proper nutrition and diet.
“Canteen in schools performs a significant part in the promotion of healthy eating habits of children. It is their responsibility to ensure that meals prepared are well-balanced and nutritious and with the right amount of energy school children,” Janairo said.