NNC Caraga reminds workers to spend an hour daily for exercise at work

BUTUAN CITY, July 3 (PIA) - In time with the kick-off celebration of this year’s Nutrition Month, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga encourages the public particularly those workers in various government agencies and private institutions to allocate an hour daily for physical activities to prevent them from acquiring different diseases.

According to Dr. Gerna Manatad, assistant regional director of DOH-Center for Health Development (CHD) Caraga, while workers perform their daily functions at work, there is also a need for them to ensure physical and health wellness.

She emphasized that workers could at least do physical activities during their break time.

“So you could just stand and walk, or sing and dance for a moment just to break the sedentary cycle, do it,” elaborated Manatad.

Dr. Manatad added that without physical activities like exercise, this would lead to various illnesses and diseases, especially for those who sit in front of their computer monitors for long hours.

Hypertensive and diabetes are some of the non-communicable diseases and cardio vascular disease that anyone could get without active lifestyle.

Meanwhile, Leah Vina Vargas, nutrition officer III of NNC Caraga also bared that despite continued efforts of the government towards good nutrition and physical wellness, many are still overweight and obese due to eating non-nutritious food and without proper exercise.

She said, based on the data released by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) in 2015, four percent or 0.5-million of children aged five below; nine percent or 3-million adolescents; and 33 percent or 18-million adults have been recorded as overweight and obese in the country.

With this, Dr. Manatad urged everyone to be a well-informed citizens and have the right choice of food that will give them the right nutrients for their body, and most importantly, to exercise. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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