MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, August 5 (PIA) - The Maasin City Nutrition Council (MCNC) spearheaded by Mayor Maloney Samaco led colorful and nutritious activities to end the month-long nutrition celebration in Barangay San Rafael, Wednesday.

Mayor Samaco urged the participating mothers to be creative in the preparation of nutritious food for their children particularly those with ages from six months up to six years old. He noted that one of those affected by malnutrition is the intelligence of children not given proper nutrition during their development years.

He shared a saying that,"a healthy body makes a sound mind."

He also hoped that Barangay Rafael will no longer be among the consistent top 5 nutritionally depressed barangays this year. Most of the pre-schoolers in the barangay are among the identified malnourished children in the community, it was learned.

Samaco also facilitated for the graduation of 32 mothers from the said barangay who completed the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon in the Mother's Class conducted in City Health Unit (CHU) II headed by Dr. Teodulo Salas. The Pabasa sa Nutrisyon is a continuing education which deals on the nutritional information imparted to the mothers in the community.

The nutrition month celebration this year dwells on the theme, "Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan." A cooking contest was also conducted with the challenge to make the usual relief foods like Tinapa and Noodles to be nutritious at the evacuation centers due to calamities, City Health Officer Dr. Francilisa Tan, who is also the City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO).

During the same program, some 12 -parents of the underweight and severely underweight children were recipient of the distribution of seedlings, chicken dispersal and vegetable seedlings prepared by the MCNC thru the Office of the Agricultural Services (OSCA).

Mayor Samaco also gave recognition to the 9- preschoolers who were adjudged to have no problems with their teeth, no cavities, among other dental problems since they were brushing their teeth religiously.

CHU I Dentist, Dr. Manolo Rojas also noted that nutrition starts with good teeth. He added that if children are suffering from toothaches, no matter how nutritious food are prepared, these will be eaten with limitations or non at all, hence, malnutrition sets in.

Mayor Samaco earlier vowed to reduce malnutrition incidence in the city from 3% down to 1% from among the pre-school and school children.