The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) recently partnered with Unilever Philippines in promoting Pinggang Pinoy for Adults through a Cooking Challenge. The memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing was held on May 25, 2016 at the FNRI Executive Conference Room.
The cooking challenge also known as MOMS (Make your Own Meals) Challenge is a nationwide cooking challenge for Moms with the objective of creating awareness on the principles of Pinggang Pinoy in preparing healthy, cost-eﬀective and creative meals.
The project will be implemented for two years in National Capital Region, Southern Luzon, Northern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It has four components namely preparation of information-motivation campaign for the target areas, conduct of information-motivation campaign, screening of entries for the cooking challenge and implementation of MOMS.
The information-motivation campaign includes the pre-evaluation of the target participants, nutrition education sessions and the recruitment of participants for the Pinggang Pinoy cooking challenge. Nutrition education sessions will be conducted among mothers and caregivers to communicate healthy eating through the use of Pinggang Pinoy.
Screening of entries will be conducted by registered nutritionist dietitians of FNRI and Unilever Philippines. Entries will be evaluated based on nutritional values, age appropriateness of the meals, originality of recipes or meals, use of locally available ingredients, cost of meals and visual presentation.
The cooking challenge or MOMS will be opened to mothers, caregivers, barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholars. The cooking challenge will be conducted twice a year.
Pinggang Pinoy is a new nutrition tool developed by FNRI-DOST to guide Filipinos on healthy eating. It is a plate-based food guide for Filipinos showing the correct amounts and kinds of the food we eat per meal. The plate is divided to represent recommended proportions of foods belonging to the three food groups namely: Go, Grow and Glow.
- Half of the plate represents Glow foods consisting of fruits and vegetables. Eat more vegetables than fruits.
- Go and Grow foods should ﬁ ll up the other half of the plate, with Go foods (e.g. rice, corn, bread, oatmeal, bread and rootcrops) taking a bigger portion than Grow foods (e.g. meats, eggs, poultry, ﬁsh, beans and legumes).
Unilever Philippines is a manufacturing company engaged in the manufacture and sale of consumer goods including food products. It aims to create awareness among mothers and caregivers using the Pinggang Pinoy principle in preparing healthy, cost eﬀective and creative meals.
The Cooking Challenge will be jointly implemented by the FNRI-DOST headed by Ms. Jovina Sandoval, Science Research Specialist II and Ms. Joy Ramos-Buenviaje, Nutriti on and Health Manager of Unilever.