Issue of June 2, 2019
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PNC leads weight mgmt proj in provincial offices in Abra
by Maria Teresa B. Beñas / PIA

BANGUED, Abra – The Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) is leading a weight management project in provincial government offices for the improvement of health of public employees. 

The initiative was launched after the report in the increasing number of overweight and obese government workers in the Cordillera.

To address the concern, the Regional Nutrition Committee came up with a regional management plan project encompassing healthy weight loss, increase in physical activity, and nutrition education.

To operationalize the project in Abra, the PNC members in a meeting presided by Provincial Nutritionist Mary June Algarne agreed on several activities to be implemented.

One is the distribution of weighing scales to all provincial government offices so that employees can regularly monitor their weight.

Healthy  body weight is usually assessed by height to weight ratio and age.

With weighing scales in all provincial offices, PNC is positive that government employees can easily track the progress of their weight loss plan.

The committee will also provide tape measures for waist circumference measurement.

Algarne said that wide waist circumference or high waist-hip ratio is a sign of over nutrition.

Wider waist circumference and higher waist-hip ratio are both associated with increased risk to cardiovascular disease.

Females though have significantly wider waist circumference and higher waist-hip ratio than men.

With tape measures readily available in government offices, employees can monitor if their waistlines are getting wider.

Under the physical activity component, Algarne suggested for the PNC to organize a dance exercise among government offices at least twice a week.

The PNC will also focus more on nutrition education, especially to government employees who are obese and overweight.

The PNC is positive that with consistency in the implementation of the activities, the province can contribute to a healthier nutritional status in the region.

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