Friday, July 04, 2014

Among the 15 PAN Student Chapters, Philippine Association of Nutrition - Alpha Chapter (PAN-Alpha) is awarded as the most outstanding student chapter this 2014 and our very own Christopher John Macapugay as the most outstanding Nutrition-Dietetics Student.

Congratulations, PAN-Alpha and Chief! 

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Nutrition Month 2014

Philippine Association of Nutrition - Alpha Chapter (PAN-Alpha) joins the nation in celebrating the Nutrition month this July. This year's theme is "Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan!" and is provided by the National Nutrition Council (NNC).

Nutrition Month 2014 aims to:
1) promote interventions to address nutritional needs in emergencies and disasters including preparedness, response and recovery;
2) mobilize responders particularly the local nutrition clusters and stakeholders to address gaps in nutrition in emergencies response from national to barangay levels; and
3) increase awareness among families and individuals on coping and resiliency strategies to prevent malnutrition and worsening of nutritional status in times of emergencies and disasters
(NNC, 2014).

Happy Nutrition Month, everyone! 

Monday, December 02, 2013

1st sem AY 2013-14 Sports Fest

           PAN-Alpha held its sports fest event on September 3, 2013 for the applicants and the members. The games were played in the parking lot of the College of Home Economics. The primary objective of the event is to promote fitness and nutrition. The secondary objective is to promote teamwork and camaraderie among the applicants and members.
            The members and applicants were divided into 4 groups before the games started. It was made sure that the members and the applicants were equally distributed into the different groups. Several games were prepared for the members and the applicants. The major games, Sack Race and Catch the Dragon’s Tail had much participation. The members and applicants formed 2 big groups for each game. The goal of the sack race is for all the members of each group to hop in a sack to the finish line. The first group to finish will be the winner. On the other hand, for the catch the dragon’s tail, each group will form one line and must be linked to each other. The goal of the game is to get the egg attached behind the last person in the line or break apart the line to get points. The group with the most number of points wins.
        After a few hours of playing, finally, the winners of the game were decided. The event was indeed successful. The games promoted physical activity and fitness as the members and applicants competitively raced their way to the finish line and grab the egg attached to the tail of the opposing group. Teamwork and cooperation were evident in each of the groups and closer relationships were built among members and applicants as they were able to interact with each other while carefully planning their strategies and communicating with each other. The skills and talents of the applicants were seen as each of them gave their best in the games.

Internal Affairs committee dividing the applicants and the members into their respective groups

Applicants and members lined up and getting ready to race to the finish line for the sack race

One group strategizing their moves for the “Catch the Dragon’s Tail” 

One group lined up and getting ready for the “Catch the Dragon’s Tail"

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ACLE 1st sem AY 2013-14: Hunger Graves

“Will the odds be ever in our favour?” This was the tagline used for the semester’s ACLE entitled “Hunger Graves” because this was used as a tagline in one famous movie and to relate it with the current problems faced by the Philippines, this ACLE aimed to answer the question whether if there is still a chance in resolving the country’s hunger problem considering the multi-faceted nature of the whole hunger and malnutrition and food security situation.

Malnutrition and food insecurity are two pressing problems present in the Philippines and because of these reasons, Philippine Association of Nutrition Alpha (PAN-Alpha) Chapter has chosen to discuss this topic in the 1st semester A.Y. 2013-2014 Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE) held last August 29, 2013 at Gusali 2D, College of Home Economics. Ms. Marilou Enteria, Nutrition Officer IV of National Nutrition Council (NNC), was invited to deliver the talk.

ACLE is a university wide activity held every semester where the students are encouraged to attend discussions about issues, problems and other interesting and relevant information that are on top of what can be gleamed from their courses. PAN-Alpha discussed the malnutrition and food insecurity using video films, games, discussion and open forum.

The objectives made by the Academics and Research committee are: to give a lecture regarding the definition of hunger, its clear indicators or how it is being measured, its contributing factors along with its consequences, and the actions done by the government as well as the specific role of the Filipino people in alleviating the state of hunger and malnutrition intends to inform the target group and increase their consciousness on the hunger issue; to show a documentary video entitled “Kalam” aims to show the real scenario of hunger and malnutrition in the Filipino setting and to give an interactive game which aims to serve as a tool for evaluation of learning gained by the participants and to help them recognize their specific role in alleviating hunger in the country.

The event started with a game of charades of words related to nutrition. Everyone enjoyed the game as this engaged the attendees to have an idea of the topic that is going to be discussed in the ACLE. After the game, the PAN President opened the event with a short message to welcome all the attendees followed by a brief discussion on the occurrence of malnutrition and food insecurity in the Philippines by Vice President for Academics Kathleen Mae de Guzman. A documentary film entitled “Kalam” was shown to present a glimpse of the real scenario of hunger and malnutrition in the Filipino setting. Mrs. Marilou Enteria discussed the definition of hunger, its clear indicators or how it is being measured, its contributing factors along with its consequences, and the actions done by the government as well as the specific role of the Filipino people in alleviating the state of hunger and malnutrition. The National Nutrition Council and PAN Alpha both work towards increasing their consciousness of more people on the hunger issue and food security problems of the Filipinos. After the discussion, students were able to ask questions from the guest speaker.

To complete the learning experience, an interactive game was played at the end of the event. Each group made programs or actions that would help solve the problem of malnutrition and food insecurity in the Philippines. The groups all called for suggested appropriate budget allotment for nutrition programs and proper implementation, practice of theory and initiative. This showed that the attendees were able to recognize the government’s roles as well as their roles in solving nutrition problems in our country.

One group sharing their plan of action in order to address malnutrition and food insecurity

A total of fifty-six (56) people attended the event and a majority of them were BS Community Nutrition majors and some came from the College of Economics and College of Science.

The ACLE served as an eye-opener to the different issues in our country. That is why, as future nutritionist-dietitians and as future graduates of BS Community Nutrition, collective action is needed in order to awaken the people that these problems are present and that it is our role to help most especially those who are less privileged.   

Ms. Marilou Enteria with PAN-Alpha adviser, Ma’am Rhea De Leon, Reginna Lat and the members of the Academics and Research Committee

The attendees waiting for the ACLE to start

PAN-Alpha president gives a certificate of acknowledgment to the guest speaker

Ma’am Rhea De Leon concludes the ACLE with the closing remarks

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