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Marianas Health staff educated in fat and sugar consumption

(Press Release) — March was National Nutrition month which is used as a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Jesse Deleon Guerrero, nutrition educator under the EFNEP program with NMC-CREES, asks the staff how much teaspoons of sugar could be in a bottle of a King Car Lite.Jesse Deleon Guerrero, nutrition educator under the EFNEP program with NMC-CREES, asks the staff how much teaspoons of sugar could be in a bottle of a King Car Lite.
Jesse Deleon Guerrero together with Lakshmi Borja, both under the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and NMC-CREES answers questions after their presentation on fat and sugar consumption.  Contributed photosJesse Deleon Guerrero together with Lakshmi Borja, both under the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and NMC-CREES answers questions after their presentation on fat and sugar consumption. Contributed photos
The campaign is celebrated in order to inform and educate the public on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

A presentation on fat and sugar consumption was given last week on March 29, 2017 in observance of National Nutrition Month. Jesse Deleon Guerrero, a nutrition educator, and Lakshmi Borja, an extension aide, under the Northern Marianas College Cooperative Research Extension and Education Service, taught Marianas Health staff on how to calculate how much teaspoon of sugar are in the drinks many people purchase, including how much teaspoon of fat are in the foods that are consumed.

The presenters compared a variety of drinks mostly consumed by the community and suggested healthier alternatives. “I was surprised on how much sugar was in that one bottle of king car that I always purchase, it is like drinking pure sugar but just disguised,” says a Marianas Health employee. “Sapporo Ichiban contains about 4 teaspoons of fat. The oil does not separate even if you boil the noodles because it is pre-cooked using oil to preserve it for longer shelf life, it is absorbed and becomes a part of the noodles,” says Deleon Guerrero.

Marianas Health staff are now better equipped to teach their patients the importance of healthy eating habits and how to calculate how much sugar and fat are in the food they consume. In turn this allows Marianas Health providers to help their patients choose healthier alternatives especially those who have diabetes and hypertension. This training gives the staff more knowledge and a better understanding of nutrition labels, and the recommended daily intake of sugar and fat so that they can become role models and live a healthy lifestyle, both at home and at work.

Along with the observance of National Nutrition Month, Marianas Health also observed National Social Work Month during March in appreciation of the great work Marianas Health Social Workers have done to bring dignity and respect to all their patients, as well as, to raise the awareness and bring the quality of healthcare services to people’s homes.