Angeles City kicks off Nutrition Month celebration

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ANGELES CITY – The city government here headed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan launched the 44th Nutrition Month celebration themed “Ugaling Magtanim, Sapat na Nutrition Aanihin!” on July 2 at the City Hall.

A 3-day Food Fair kicked off this city’s month-long celebration at the City Hall Lobby, featuring fresh and healthy assortments of food. Nutrition Action Officer Arnel T. Calaguas also presented other events and activities anchored on the city’s Nutrition Month observance.

For the whole month of July, the City Agriculture Office will hold seedlings distribution to schools around the city. To encourage the Angeleños to kick-start their own vegetable gardens, the agriculture office has opened its doors for walk-in residents who would also want to avail of the free vegetables and fruit-bearing seedlings.

On the other hand, the CNO will hold seminars on Infant and Young Child Feeding to be held on the respective dates and villages: Barangay Cuayan on July 10, Barangay Sto. Domingo on July 12, Barangay San Jose on July 17, Barangay Cacutud on July 19, and Barangay Malabanias on July 24.

Meat Processing workshops will also be conducted to guide homemakers and business owners alike on production and food safety management. These will be done alongside feeding programs and traditional gaming events at Barangay San Jose on July 25 and Barangay Malabanias on July 18 from 9am to 10am.

Also in line with the celebration, the Department of Education – Division of City Schools here will conduct an On the Spot Poster Making Contest on July 26 at the Robinson Balibago Event Center, and a Nutri Jingle on August 3 at SM Clark.

For his part, Mayor Pamintuan pointed out the relevance of willful healthy-living. “We should be wise, utilize whatever strength we have at the moment and invest in it, so we can continue to work and serve well,” reminded the Mayor.

The mayor also reiterated the importance of backyard/urban gardening on the pursuit of the Angeleños for good nutrition.

“The launch of our Task Force One Million Trees and the Gulayan sa Barangay Project years back allowed our people to generate their own local produce and provide for themselves and their family some quality and nourishing vegetables and fruits while earning. This year’s theme affirms the importance of our project,” Pamintuan said. (AC-CIO with reports from Chermary Panga)