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CDU students complete Public Health Nutrition internship

CEBU, Philippines - At least 30 Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics students from the Cebu Doctors’ University received their certificates of completion during the culminating activity of the Public Health Nutrition Internship at the Carmen Municipal Gym, Carmen, Cebu.

Dr. Elmer Batao, Carmen Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, said the program is a good opportunity to have an exchange of ideas since the members of the municipal and barangay nutrition committee can impart knowledge on how they manage local nutrition program to the students.

While the students, Batao said, can give input to further improve the town's Barangay Nutrition Action Plan and share innovative and valuable strategies to help implement the plan.

Batao likewise thanked the National Nutrition Council Region (NNC)-7 and the administration of the Cebu Doctors’ University for choosing the Municipality of Carmen for the program.

In a statement, NNC-7 said that students made a Community Needs Assessment of their assigned barangays and proposed nutrition interventions including nutrition education activities, home garden projects, proper hygiene training, Masariwang Prutas at Gulay Program, Pagatas sa Kabataan Program, among others.

Carmen, Cebu is one of the identified Nutrition in Early Warning System (EWS) areas in the region next to Buenavista, Bohol and Dalaguete, Cebu.

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The Public Health Nutrition Internship is a program of NNC-7, in partnership with the academe, aimed to expose future nutritionist-dieticians in the region to the community by allowing them to assist the local nutrition committee in identifying and solving nutrition and nutrition-sensitive issues and concerns.

More than a hundred participants composed of municipal officials, members of the NNC-7, barangay captains, midwives, barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars and students attended the activity. (FREEMAN)

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