Bringing The 2020 Nutrition Month’s Vision To Life: Ways to Prevent Stunting In Filipino Children

Malnutrition is still a universal health problem, particularly in the Philippines where families have unequal access to proper diet and nutritious food. Due to this, more and more Filipino children are struggling to unlock their body’s full potential. Malnutrition and stunting have become inseparable in the majority of Filipino households. 

Malnutrition is still a universal health problem, particularly in the Philippines where families have unequal access to proper diet and nutritious food. Due to this, more and more Filipino children are struggling to unlock their body’s full potential. Malnutrition and stunting have become inseparable in the majority of Filipino households. 

According to UNICEF Philippines, one in every three children is permanently stunted by the age of two. This number is alarming, so the time to act is now. In hopes to aggressively combat malnutrition and break the cycle of stunting, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) chosen theme for its 2020 Nutrition Month campaign this July aims to tackle the problem of stunting among Filipino children: “Batang Pinoy SANA TALL… Iwas stunting, SAMA ALL!” 

The theme is a nationwide vision. The country relies on health officials, teachers, and parents to bring this vision to life. And we, at Great Christian Academy, will help in streamlining the process for our parents and students. 

Let’s help break the cycle of stunting among Filipino children with these five proven ways:


Raise Awareness 

Both parents and children should be aware of the consequences of malnutrition and the early signs of stunting. The problem is prevalent, but getting the message across should be done constantly. We must continuously observe the 2020 Nutrition Month campaign this July in households, institutions, and communities.


Promote Hygienic Conditions

Diseases caused by poor hygiene can also affect the growth of a child. It’s the responsibility of adults and communities to provide a clean and healthy environment for children. Inside the household, parents should make sure that children have access to clean water and adequate sanitation. In the community, officials must help practice proper management of solid waste and other clean-up activities.


Improve Women’s Nutritional Needs

Mothers carry their children for months in their wombs. What they consume can affect the health of their children. With that, parents should be aware of the nutritional content pregnant mothers get during pregnancy. Health providers and community workers, meanwhile, are responsible for counseling mothers and families regarding this matter. 


Increase Children’s Dietary Diversity 

Sometimes, breastfeeding fails to meet the nutritional requirements of infants. When this happens, families are encouraged to practice complementary feeding and increase children’s dietary diversity. Studies from different countries revealed that most stunted children have a low intake of vitamin B12, zinc, and iron. It’s best to add animal-source and cereal-based food items to children’s diets.