Council asks people to stay fit at home
Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) - April 19, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  As the number of positive cases infected with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the region continues to rise and the local government units contemplating on extending the ECQ, the National Nutrition Council (NNC)-7 will ensure that nutrition services are still provided to those who are most vulnerable.

The NNC-7 has recently briefed the Human Resource for Health assigned to Nutrition (HRH-N), nutritionists-dieticians and nurses about possible ways to respond to the pandemic.

In a statement, the NNC-7 said that as food and nutrition insecurity is looming and resources start to deplete and access to food has become more difficult, the HRH-N is expected to advise their assigned local nutrition clusters on how to approach COVID-19 and its effects in relation to the previously shared national and regional nutrition cluster advisories.

In two sessions held recently, these local health workers were given an orientation of Nutrition in Emergencies in the Context of COVID-19 recently held in Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Cebu and Bohol.

Using key messages from the Global Nutrition Cluster’s Brief in Infant and Young Child Feeding during Emergencies (IYCF-E) and Management of Child Wasting in the Context of COVID-19 and incorporating Nutrition in Emergencies and information management principles all wrapped up in the Central Visayas setting, the orientation sessions ensured that the HRH-N has an idea of the nutrition cluster’s response.

A separate orientation will be conducted with provincial and city nutrition workers in Central Visayas on Tuesday.

Exercise

Meanwhile, the NNC-7 said with the ECQ that forced people to stay at home, the agency has advised the public to take care of their health while at home, by observing proper hygiene, eating proper diet, having adequate sleep for six to  eight hours and engaging in regular physical activity, to lower the risk of acquiring the virus.

It said that there are a variety of exercises which can be done at home, with no equipment needed.

But it should be noted that before engaging in any vigorous physical activity, one should consider the frequency and intensity of their chosen exercise.

As prescribed by the Philippine National Guidelines on Physical Activity (PNGPA), individuals aged five to 20 years old should have at least 60 minutes daily physical activities, adults 21-45 years old should accumulate 30 to 60 minutes of exercise, and older adults 46-59 years and senior citizens 60-80 years old should accumulate at least 30 minutes of physical activity with moderate intensity.

NNC-7 added that there are also so-called Functional Movement Exercises comparable to one’s daily activities, such as squats, lunge, hinge, push and pull, rotate and walk, which does not require going out of one’s home.

It added that squats, lunge and hinge are lower-body flexibility and progression exercises, comparable to sitting, standing, and picking up objects on the floor.  Push, pull and rotate are simple upper body exercise that help develop balance and upper body strength and is similar to moving heavy items from one place to another.

Lastly, it said that walking is a fundamental part of daily life which also aids in balance and stronger bones.  This can be done around your home garden or garage, or even climbing up and down the stairs.

Aside from the training exercises, one can also engage in “dancexercises” such as Zumba and aerobic dancing.

“Overall, it does not matter what kind of exercise one engages in as long as they get the recommended amount of exercise suitable for one’s age, and they make a collective effort to make everyday activities more active and fun,” NNC-7 further said. GAN (FREEMAN)

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