The National Nutrition Council (NNC) sets the theme “Batang Pinoy, Sana Tall. Iwas Stunting, Sana All” for this year’s nutrition month. Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) joins the nation in celebrating the National Nutrition Month this July to bring to light the ill effects of stunting and how to prevent a child’s healthy growth from being stunted.

 

According to the 8th National Nutrition Survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), 3 out of 10 Filipino Children (5 and below) are stunted. Stunting or “pagkabansot” in our native tongue is a manifestation of long term occurrence of malnutrition. It is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) “as impaired growth and development that children experience frompoor nutrition, repeated infection, and inadequate psychosocial stimulation”.




How Stunting is Stunted

Growth failure can start from the womb and progress after birth. The effects of stunting, if not immediately and properly addressed, can be permanent and irreversible. There is a window of opportunity to reverse or prevent stunting through effective interventions for children 5 years old and below. Unfortunately, there is no cure to stunting, so prevention is critical for young children to have healthy growth and development.

 

It is imperative for parents to track their child’s growth. The National Nutrition Council provided a simplified and more understandable Child Growth Standard Table based on WHO’s Child Growth Standards (WHO-CGS) 2004 and WHO’s Reference Data, 2006. These information can be access through https://www.ajinomoto.com.ph/blog/how-to-track-child-growth/.

 

Importance of Proper Nutrition to avoid Stunting

 

Women of child-bearing age and expectant mothers must have adequate nutrition to prepare their bodies to a healthy pregnancy and give birth to a well-nourished baby. It is also highly important that breastfeeding mothers get adequate nutrition in order to supply the needs of their babies throughout the 6 months exclusive breastfeeding journey. Exclusive breastfeeding from 0-6 months is recommended for babies to gain optimum nutrients perfect for their age. To prevent your child from having growth failure, it is important to address poor diet, inadequate calorie intake, poor quality of meal intake, and insufficient supply of macro nutrients like protein and micro nutrients like calcium specific for growth and development.

 

The Culinary Nutrition Team of Ajinomoto puts together a treat for kids to enjoy and for homemakers to conveniently prepare and serve. Try to make these 4 calcium-rich recipes using 4 ingredients done in 4 easy steps made with AJI SAVOR™ on Rice Topping Mix and 4 protein-rich recipes using 4 ingredients done in 4 easy steps made with Prottie® Soymilk Drink Mix.

 

AJI SAVOR™ Rice Topping Mix Chicken/Beef is available in leading supermarkets. Prottie® Soymilk Drink Mix is available on LazMart, an online store on LazMall. For more healthy and delicious recipes, visit http://www.ajinomoto.com.ph and https://www.facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH/.

 

 



The entire world has been struck by this pandemic that made is crippled economically. The effects have already brought thousands of bankruptcies and unemployed individuals. Other business owners and small businesses find it hard to thrive in these trying times, especially if their business is not a prime commodity. Let us take in this case some artists who used to sell their artworks through art exhibitions wherein they require the presence of people.

With exhibitions and galleries still under severe restrictions, artists are among those who were heavily burdened by the circumstances brought about by COVID-19. Responding to their call for help, ArtisteSpace, Inc., together with Arth Art International in India, launches Art CARES to raise funds and support the artists’ communities.


A collaboration of artists from India, Malaysia, Philippines, and the United States, Art CARES gallery provides a platform for emerging and distinguished artists to showcase their art pieces online. While they continue to inspire and shed hope through art, these artists also hope to sustain their livelihood and provide help to those who are most vulnerable.

The funds raised through Art CARES will not only provide support to the artists but also benefit Ekta Charitable Trust in India and two (2) selected non-profit organizations in the Philippines -- LINK Center for the Deaf and ASPROFIL Philippines -- to help fund the medical supplies and protective equipment for frontline health workers, and relief for families in need.





Running until September 30, 2020, this charitable exhibition features select paintings and works of distinguished artists such as Philipp Badon, Loriel “Yel Cast” Castillo, Joe Datuin, Fil Delacruz, Juno Galang, Raul Isidro, Badz Magsumbol, Nemi Miranda, Al Perez, August Santiago, Bing Siochi, Bing Famoso Tac-an, and Boysie Villavicencio.

Some of the participating artists’ groups include Art Lovers, Arte Bauan, Bastedor Art Project, Bikol Expression, Earth Art, Esprekik, Grupo Kwadro, Grupo Sining Angono, Grupong Batangueno, Quezon Artists Guild, Philippine Botanical Art Society (PhilBAS), Philippine Fauna Art Society (PhilFAS), Singdeo Art Group, Society of Philippine Sculptors, The Filipino Institute for the Advancement of Arts and Culture, Inc. (FilArts), UP College of Fine Arts Alumni Association, YelCast Visual Poetry; International Creative Art Centre, and Nav Siddhartha Art Group in India.

To complement the exhibit, ArtisteSpace and Arth Art are also hosting the Art CARES weekly webinar series dubbed International Artists’ Cultural Arts Exchange. every Tuesday, 12:30pm, via Zoom Video Communications.
Besides the charitable exhibition, Art CARES also creates an opportunity for everyone to contribute and be part of the effort in fighting the ill effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by accepting donations through its digital payment partners, Ticket2Me and GCASH.

Art CARES is created in partnership with Global Artists’ Creative Collaboration for Empowerment, USA and KL City Art Gallery in Malaysia. The gallery can be viewed online at www.artcaresph.com and www.arthart.in.


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