By Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY (24 Dec. 2011) – With the holiday season, people are more likely to take in too much of fatty, salty, and sweet foods, which are bad for the health, said Dr. Edgar Garcia, provincial health officer here said.
It is during this season that the provincial health office registers an alarming increase in non-communicable diseases.
Garcia said that people should be aware of the effects of consuming fatty, salty, and sweet foods that if cumulatively consumed, may affect the heart, blood pressure, and blood sugar that will ultimately cause some health problems.
The rainy season had also resulted in the increase of people, especially children, catching colds.
“We should enhance our immune system by eating more fruits, vegetables, and by drinking lots of juice and water,” Garcia explained.
Garcia also reminds families to be more aware in food preparation where children will be conscious of consuming only healthy foods and avoid junk foods that are high in salt, additives, and preservatives.
He also reminded the public to refrain from getting wet since the erratic weather now the province has been experiencing for the past two months has made everyone susceptible to water and air borne diseases.
“Admitted here now here in the hospital are cases of people with high fever, colds that may lead to pneumonia if not properly treated,” Garcia explained.
The provincial office through its Health Education Management System (HEMS) has been conducting information drives regularly in their barangay health clinics , municipal and district hospitals so that health consciousness should be one of the best awareness to mitigate health problems.
Fliers and information materials have also been distributed in health centers where mothers are provided interpersonal education especially those who are under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) who regularly visit health center.
“The provincial office as part of the holiday season’scelebration IEC has been intensified and regular reminders to the public health tips especially these Christmas and New Year when consuming food as a culture of the Filipinos is a way of celebrating the season and where abundance of food served in our table has been part of our tradition,let us celebrate it in more of a healthy way,” Garcia reiterated.
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