Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati Elementary Department celebrated for the whole month of July the Nutrition Awareness Month with the school slogan “Today’s proper nutrition, tomorrow’s healthy generation.” This is in congruence with the national nutrition theme “First 1000 days ni baby pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan.”

As stated in the DepEd Memorandum No. 100 s. 2016, the main goal of this celebration is to disseminate nutrition-related messages to all Filipinos through the said theme. Specifically, the celebration aimed to increase awareness on the importance of proper infant and young child rearing practices and giving them appropriate food. Further, this is also to promote collaboration among stakeholders at the national and local levels for health programs.
In support of this country’s nutrition developmental endeavor, the Elementary Department had organized meaningful activities for the students.
The month-long celebration started with a mentalization through an audio-video presentation by Ms. Gacutan during the Morning Assembly on July 7, 2016. On the same day, Nutri-taste booth was also put up during recess where students had a free taste of fruits, vegetables, and root crops prepared by the Science and Health teachers. Besides, the NUTRIvia, a weekly display of nutrition facts and trivia, was initiated as part of students’ awareness.  The NUTRIQuiz was likewise conducted for Grades 3 – 6 through Genyo facilitated by Mr. Mark Angelo Gutierrez, the Learning Integration Specialist, and assisted by the Science and Health teachers and e-classroom Laboratory Assistant in the Elementary Department.  The contestants of this Nutri Quiz Bee battled through elimination and final rounds.  At the end of the contest, the following emerged as winners:

Grade 3                    Grade 4            
Champion:        Miguel Jose III C. Metran            Trei Ramsey Yu
1st Runner Up:    Christian Brando B. Garcia        Tristan Josef A. Tolentino
2nd Runner Up    Kristian and Mari Julien T. Esguerra    Jose Antonio O. Castro

            Grade 5                              Grade 6
Champion:        Miguel Paolo V. Tirante            Jan Marvin P. Justo
1st Runner Up:    Dames Bonn V. Saldua            Marco Rafael R. Macalintal
2nd Runner Up:    Miguel John D. Panizales            Aldrich John D. Macadamia

Each grade level had its integrating activity.  The Grade One Level had Creative Fruit Design where the pupils brought creatively designed fruits which they shared with their classmates during recess. The Grade Two Level had ‘I Love Philippine Fruits and Delicacies,’ an activity aimed to help the students patronize and determine the nutrients of various native fruits and delicacies.  Homeroom Chairpersons and selected parents helped promote the activity through the booths that served variety of native fruits and delicacies.  The other integrating activities were Color Your Plate for Grade 3 Level; Salad Making for Grade 4 Level, Project Sandwich for Grade 5 Level; and Fresh Fruit Juice Preparation for Grade 6 Level.

The participation of company sponsors added more fun and excitement to the celebration. Unilab-Pediatrica, Inc. in partnership with Mad Science Philippines facilitated “Batang On Top Mad Science Show that staged different experiments carried out in various booths.  Their program focused not only on extraordinary science demonstrations, but also on learning effective treatment of common illnesses.  Lysol Philippines conducted two activities, namely, “Lysology: Let’s Learn with Lysol”, a show that focused on proper hygiene habits,   and Lysol Empty Pack Drive for Grades 1-3 whose winners were Blessed Namuncura for Grade 1; Blessed Rinaldi for Grade 2; and Blessed Zatti for Grade 3.   The Orion Choco Pie and Scotts Vitamin C put up booths and conducted product sampling.

These companies requested every student to bring an empty box or empty pack of any of their products as passport to the shows and booth activities. These empty boxes / packs also entitled the students to receive special tokens and prizes from the sponsors.
The month-long celebration culminated with a fun and very energizing Zumba Activity on July 29, 2016. This was led by the Zumba instructors sponsored by Scotts Vitamin C and was participated in by all students from Kindergarten to Grade 6, the  faculty and staff, the Grade 2 parents who were around for their booths of nutritious food. Prior to the Zumba proper, Dr. Janine Coronado-Yan, the Head of our Health Care Center, delivered a talk on the Importance of Physical Fitness. When the hype of Zumba eased, the winners in the Poster Making, Slogan Making, and Poem Writing contests were awarded.  Medals and certificates were given to the winners by Fr. Rector assisted by Mrs. Rosanna Salles, the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, and Ms. Ayessa Conducto, the Science and Health Area Head. This culminating activity was hosted by Mr. Jerald Forteza and Ms. Shiela Marie Cornejo.
The successful conduct of the activities for the month-long celebration were duly supported by the School Administrators and the members of the Management Team spearheaded by Mrs. Ma. Dolores F. Bayocboc.   Most of all, the effort and collaboration among the students, teachers, and parents made this event meaningful and successful.

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