The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) celebrated the 2016 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on July 25-29, 2016 with the theme “Juan Science, One Nation”. The NSTW celebration aimed to off er the public various learning experiences through numerous exhibits, lay fora and activities that highlighted the importance of science and technology in the improvement and development of our country.

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute, one of research and development institutes of DOST, regularly participates in the NSTW celebration. For 2016 NSTW, the Institute conducted daily activities intended for its various stakeholders including nutrition workers, high school students, Nutrition Research Information Network (NUTRINET) members, mothers and children. The FNRI activities adapted the theme: “A Day at the FNRI for every Juan and Juana”.

Activities conducted from July 25-29, 2016 at the FNRI-DOST compound included Pinggang Pinoy Cooking Challenge for Moms (July 25), Regional Dissemination Forum on the Nutrition Situation of Filipinos, National Capital Region (July 26), NUTRINET 29th Anniversary Celebration, iFNRI Interactive Session, An Egg a Day is Ok (July 27), Regional Dissemination Forum on the Nutrition Situation of Filipinos, CALABARZON (July 28), Community Zumba,

Mothers’ Nutrition Education Class, Storytelling and Play Activities for Older Children (July 29). Other activities conducted throughout the week included nutrition counselling, FNRI AVP showing, exhibit, food and non-food bazaar and tour of FNRI facilities.

Highlights of the FNRI-NSTW celebration were the conduct of regional dissemination fora on the results of the 2015 Updating on the Nutritional Status of Filipino Children and other Population Groups for National Capital Region (NCR) and CALABARZON. The updating survey is a follow-up survey conducted every two to three years in between the National Nutrition Survey (NNS).

The fora informed key stakeholders in the government and private sectors involved in food, nutrition, health programs on the initial results of the survey on anthropometric, maternal health and nutrition, food security, adult health and nutrition, government program participation, and infant and young child feeding practices. This activity was guided by the theme “Kumusta na ba ang kalagayang pang-nutrisyon ni Juan at Juana” in NCR and CALABARZON.

A total of 2,077 participated in the weeklong FNRI event from different schools, government offices, non-government organizations, private sector, local government units and barangays.