Q&A: A Chat with Ms.

Brenda Bernardo
By: Abigail Elize DP. Flores (Grade 10 – Elijah)

July 18, 2017. The municipality of Baliwag, spearheaded by Mayor Ferdie Estrella,
conducted its first-ever Health Fair, advocating their own theme, #HappyKapagHealthy.
The event took place in Baliwag Star Arena at 9:00 a.m. and started with a ribbon-cutting
with the Mayor. The fair revolved around the theme of the National Nutrition Council,
“Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life!” It focused not only on the physical health of an
individual but also on the overall health of the community.

What are the objectives and the significance of the Health Fair? What are the plans of the
local government in terms of inculcating proper nutrition to different communities,
particularly in Baliwag? According to Ms. Brenda C. Bernardo, Municipal Population and
Nutrition Office and the head organizer of the event, the main objectives of the fair are:
first, to take part in the celebration of Nutrition Month; second, to promote health and
wellness of the people; and lastly, to uplift the livelihood and safety-awareness of the
community.

The Baliwag Health Fair wasn’t just a typical fair; it was based on a US concept which
aims to give health-conscious consumers access to a wide array of beneficial health-related
information. Nor was it done for publicity or with any political agenda, but was designed
to help local entrepreneurs, such as Manna ng Panginay Bakeshop, Herbalife, Body N’
Sole, Café de Apati, and Savourlife Mushrooms, by showcasing and promoting their
unique and healthy products.

According to Ms. Brenda, the local government had started their movement to promote
proper nutrition earlier this year. Last July 11, 2017, they held a Green School Program in
accordance with the DepEd policy about schools introducing and offering healthy goods.
They categorized foods in 3 colors: green for foods that are nutritious, red for foods that
must be avoided, and yellow for foods that must be taken in moderation. They also
conducted High 5 School Caravan to raise awareness on the risks of teenage pregnancy,
alcohol intake, and smoking.

Ms. Brenda left an advice: eat foods that are important or needed by your body and not the
foods that are just available. She also said that there is more to come in their journey
towards a healthier community, such as their project on August 5 in line with the
celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, to be held also in Baliwag Star Arena.