Philippines Nutrition Statistics
|Underweight 2008-2012*, moderate & severe||
|Stunting 2008-2012*, moderate & severe||
|Wasting 2008-2012*, moderate & severe||
|Overweight 2008-2012*, moderate & severe||
|Vitamin A supplementation full coverage 2012||
|Iodized salt consumption 2008-2012*||
|Source: Unicef-Philippines Statistics|
Impacts school performance
- The proper nutrition for children helps promote proper growth and development.
- Children who eat a healthy breakfast have improved mood, cognitive ability, and are more attentive.
- Healthy nutrition eating helps reduce the chance of developing health concerns such as iron deficiency, obesity, and cavity’s for teeth.
- Eating healthy foods also help prevent high cholesterol and blood pressure. It also helps reduce the risk of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.
MEALS & SNACKS PROVIDED
It is vitally important that all school-ready children are meeting the necessary levels of essential vitamins and minerals. The most important are the ones noted below:
- Calcium– school children should consume 500mg to 1300mg per day.
- Protein– Decreases as we get older. 3 years old = 1.2g . 10 years old = 1g.
- Fat- Should not exceed 30% of calories. Saturated Fat should not be 10% of total calories.
- Fiber– Children should have 5 grams plus how old they are per day.
- Calories- Age 2-3 should have 1300. Age 4-6 should have 1800. Age 7-10 should have 2,000.