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Submitted: 16 May 2007 Modified: 24 May 2019
HERDIN Record #: PCHRDPC971014

Baranganic health and nutrition practices in Santa Elena, Camarines Norte.

 De Velez AR

The study assessed the health and nutritional status of ten barangays in Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte through the questionnaire and interview techniques. About 1,165 household heads and 49 teachers served as respondents. Frequencies and percentages were used to analyze data. Findings revealed that malnutrition, anemia and skin infection were the most common diseases in the area. It was also revealed that respondents had higher food consumption for body building, energy and miscellaneous foods while less amount of body regulating foods were taken in every meal. Food intake was affected by beliefs, attitudes, food idiosyncracies, and ignorance in preparing balanced diet, among others. Health and nutrition practices were also generally affected by attitude, education, food habits, prices of commodities, food production and income generation. A certain degree of interaction between health/nutrition sectors and the barangay was reported by respondents, although effective interaction was not fully attained. It was recommended for the Ministry of Human Settlements and Ecology to extend their services to the rural areas, especially to developing barangays and for the MECS, MOH, MAF and other agencies to give priority to the health and nutritional status of Filipino families. (Author)

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