National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

21 July 2022

Legazpi City- In line with the Nutrition Month Celebration and as part of the Health and Wellness Program the National Conciliation and Mediation Board hosted a Group Learning Session on Nutrition and Healthy Life on July 18, 2022, via zoom. The activity was participated by all officials and employees of the board.

This year’s Nutrition Month theme “New Normal na Nutrition Sama-samang gawan ng solusyon” focuses on strengthening and raising awareness of the importance of nutrition improvement in recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

           Dr. Ian Kenneth C. Bermeo and Ms. Eden Elisan serve as speakers on the activity. Dr. Bermeo discussed the topic of the Anti-Inflammatory Diet which he calls “Balancing a diet- that’s out of balance”. According to him, inflammation to a certain point is good for our body. This inflammation can either be acute inflammation (healthy inflammation) or chronic inflammation (excessive inflammation). He further said that among the best ways to reduce inflammation in our body lies not in the medicine cabinet but rather in the refrigerators, which means those healthy foods that we store.

As a reminder, he said that we should eat whole foods like plant-based whole foods. And reduce or eliminate eating ultra-processed foods.

On the other hand, Ms. Elisan discussed “Eat Right, Enjoy Life” a topic that emphasizes the importance of deciding on what to eat. The highlights of the Nutrition Month Celebration this year includes nutrition in recovery, increase resilience, and improved nutrition outcome.

The main importance of the Nutrition Month Celebration is to raise awareness among families on strategies to prevent malnutrition and the importance of a healthy diet, according to Philippine National Nutrition Council. 

Ms. Elisan further cited the view of the International Labour Organization on nutrition. As stated, “Good Nutrition has a positive impact on occupational safety and health, workforce productivity. Unhealthy foods can lead to obesity and chronic diseases, while macro and micro-nutrient deficiencies can cause malnutrition. The effects of these are detrimental to a string, well-equipped workforce.” 

We have frontliners in our body, the ones that fix our organs, yet, if we are sustaining them with the right amount and kind of food and exercise, therefore, the repair becomes minimal. While, if we are eating unhealthy foods and do no exercise, those frontliners in our bodies will be having a hard time fixing the damages in our bodies, as explained by Ms. Elisan. Thus, whenever we are eating, we are either feeding the diseases or fighting them.

Ending the discussion with a reflection. Now is the time to decide on our health since we don’t know what will happen in the future. And the best investment we will ever make is our own Health. We should invest in your health. Because health is wealth. /end/

Prepared by: 

JENNIFER MAE A. NOVELA                      

Administrative Officer III               



Regional Branch Director