Busog Kaalaman, Lusog ng Katawan (Full Knowledge, Healthy Body)
Country of Operation
- Valenzuela City Health DepartmentGovernment
SummaryThe project aims to advance the nutritional status of children under five by improving food practices, the per capita dietary energy requirement, and maternal health, and decrease morbidity/mortality from non-communicable diseases, through nutrition education sessions for various target groups.
While preschool malnutrition rates in the community are relatively low (3%) compared to national (24%), exclusive breastfeeding rates in the city do not meet regional standards. Further, non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are among the top causes of morbidity and mortality, requiring much of the resources allocated by the City. Data also show a high prevalence of malnutrition in the school-age population, making it imperative to curb this at the preschool level. Obesity is also an emerging problem across population groups. Busog Kaalaman, Lusog ng Katawan seeks to address these issues.
Key program components
Barangay Nutrition Workers (BNS or BNWs) in each health center identify the target groups in the area, explore their availability, and invite nutritionist-dietitians to conduct nutrition education sessions according to the needs of the target audience.
The following modules are covered by a series of nutrition education sessions:
- "Diet Counseling in Barangay" (for families/residents of the barangay and participants in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program-Family Subsistence Filipino Program (4P))
- "Breastfeeding Promotion" (for pregnant and lactating women)
- “Informed child, happy healthy body” (for children in day care)
- Diet Counseling for HyDi (for members of the hypertensive and diabetic clubs in various health centers)
- Diet Counseling for VCEH (for in-patients of the Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital)
After the target group and appropriate modules have been defined, target recipients are encouraged to register for the sessions. Schedules for each Health Center are rotated until all 44 health centers have conducted sessions on each of the five component groups of the project. Upon completion of all modules, participant are issued a Certificates of Completion.
At the end of 2011, the project had reached or counselled 1989 HyDi in 22 of the city’s 32 barangays; 1785 day care children in 29 barangays; 462 4P’s members in 7 of 16 barangays with 4P’s in Valenzuela; and 971 pregnant and or lactating women for the Breastfeeding TSEK counselling in 24 of 32 barangays.