Last September 15, 2017, another Mothers’ Class prepared by Team New Barili was offered to the primary caretakers of each household here in barangay New Barili, our community medicine area assignment for the past 4 years – our 2nd home. It was originally intended for mothers of kids aged 0-5, but why limit the number when we can have MORE attendees; So we sent out invitations to all mother of the day care students, those who attended prenatal and immunization, hanged lots poster-invitation per purok and per sari sari store, and to almost everybody who we saw that day. Law and behold, the fruit of our labor paid of, the number of participants exceeded our expectation. Good thing we printed out extra copies of IEC materials the night prior to the event.
Since this is already our 4th mothers class, we focused on a new but straightforward campaign of the Department of Health to promote a nutritional guideline for all Filipinos, the “10 Kumainments. Witty as it may sound, now every Filipino from every walk of life can find ways to get a healthy and be nutritionally well by following very simple “kumainments” guildelines. With simple messages like “Kumain ng iba’t ibang pagkain”, “Kumain ng gulay at prutas araw-araw”, and “Panatilihin ang tamang timbang”, our respondents are encouraged to eat the right foods, exercise regularly and pursue a healthy lifestyle in 10 easy rules, plus we found a Visayan translation of the 10 Kumainment thus making it easier for the residents to comprehend. IEC materials were also given with the 10 Kumainments and a sample recipe for the upcoming “Utan na Loob” cooking class. Our goal for this activity was to to promote and influence a healthy lifestyle among residents of New Barili specially to mothers or primary caretakers who prepares the meal of the family most of the time, at the same time to address the prevention of malnutrition and diet-related non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and etc.
The event was indeed a success, with more than 90+ attendees and counting. The event wouldn’t be made possible without the effort and insight from experts whom we consulted. Simple words of gratitude to ZCMC’s Nutritionist and Dietician Ma’am Dolly Paredes for introducing the “10 Kumainments” and lending us a copy of the “Sustansya para sa Masa” recipe cookbook during TEAM NB’s visit prior to the immersion. To Ma’am Rowena Garsula, Municipal Nutrition Coordinator for always supporting our activities especially towards a healthier and nutrition controlled New Barili. To TEAM NB for always having the drive to help the kids, mothers and dream of a healthier New Barili and to our responsents, who gave us their time in attending the Mothers Class. I hoped that the 2-hour Mothers Class influenced them towards a healthier lifestyle.
Geode Allan Diansuy
ADZU SOM Level 4