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BEAR BRAND® Fortified recognizes the strength of Filipino students through the Batang Matibay Awards


The importance of education is ingrained in many of us at an early age. Many parents consider it as a ticket to a better life and more opportunities for their children. “‘Yan lang ang maipapamana namin sa inyo,” they would say. In turn, Filipino students are seen to have a strong sense of determination when it comes to finishing their education and becoming the people they aspire to be for their family and their community.

For S.Y. 2020-2021, there were around 25 million enrolled students in the Philippines, but not all of them share the same journey towards reaching their dreams. Due to various social challenges that disrupt learning, some kids have it far more difficult than others. You have probably heard stories of students who don’t have access to learning materials, students who walk for miles just to attend their classes, students who do their homework under lamp posts, and other similar tales of hardships.

Despite the obstacles in their way, they have shown incredible TIBAY that can help them succeed in life with the right support and guidance. Through its Batang Matibay Awards, BEAR BRAND® Fortified celebrates these students who exemplify the strength to continue their education and to pursue their goals in life.

 
Despite the obstacles in their way, they have shown incredible TIBAY that can help them succeed in life with the right support and guidance. Through its Batang Matibay Awards, BEAR BRAND® Fortified celebrates these students who exemplify the strength to continue their education and to pursue their goals in life.

What does it take to be a Batang Matibay?
There have been a total of 30 Batang Matibay Awardees since BEAR BRAND® Fortified launched the program in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) in 2018. Each of these awardees has a unique story of TIBAY that can inspire other students who might be going through the same struggles.

BEAR BRAND® Fortified and DepEd start the process of selecting a new batch of awardees by gathering nominations from public schools all over the Philippines. Teachers can nominate their students from the 5th and 6th grades by providing testaments and personal accounts of how they embody tibay when it comes to pursuing their education, and in the face of physical, emotional, and social challenges. They must detail not only the academic achievements and extracurricular activities of the students, but more importantly the determination, optimism, and grit that enable them to accomplish these amidst life's adversities.

From these nominations, a panel of judges composed of representatives from Nestlé Philippines and DepEd carefully deliberates to name the top ten Batang Matibay awardees of the year who will be honored in a recognition ceremony.

Each awardee is presented with a plaque of recognition, BEAR BRAND® Fortified gift packs, a cash prize, and most importantly, a college scholarship grant that can help them finish their education and secure themselves a better future. Likewise, their respective schools also receive plaques of recognition, BEAR BRAND® Fortified gift packs, and laptop computers.

2021 Batang Matibay Awards
Last September 4, ten students coming from different regions in the country were recognized as this year’s batch of Batang Matibay awardees. Due to the constraints of the pandemic, the ceremony was held virtually via Facebook Live.

One of the awardees is Mark Angelo Sunio, a grade 5 student from Caloocan City. At a young age, Mark has displayed an astounding amount of strength in his battle with bone cancer, which has led to him losing his left arm. Despite this challenge, the 11-year old is still full of hope and drive to continue with his studies and win in life. His teachers describe him as a consistent academic achiever and someone who is always willing to offer his help to those who might need it.

"Naging matapang po ako kasi kailangang maging matapang sa sakit na cancer... Mag-aaral po ako nang mabuti para matupad ko ang anumang gusto ko sa buhay o pangarap ko." Mark said.

Aside from their day to day expenses, Mark’s parents are working hard to cover the costs of their son’s treatments. Fortunately, the incentives that he will receive as a Batang Matibay awardee will not only help support his education, but also their family’s needs.

Over the years, the inspiring stories of Batang Matibay awardees like Suhel, Pauline, and Myco have touched the hearts of the public. You can watch their stories of TIBAY on BEAR BRAND Powdered Milk Drink’s Facebook Page.

BEAR BRAND® Fortified recognizes the importance of equipping this generation with Tibay ngayon, tulong para sa mas matibay na bukas.

Make sure to check out BEAR BRAND® Fortified’s social media pages to know when nominations start for S.Y. 2021-2022 and how you can nominate. Who knows? The next Batang Matibay just might be from your community!


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  • Friday, September 17, 2021

BEAR BRAND® Fortified recognizes the strength of Filipino students through the Batang Matibay Awards

BEAR BRAND® Fortified recognizes the strength of Filipino students through the Batang Matibay Awards


The importance of education is ingrained in many of us at an early age. Many parents consider it as a ticket to a better life and more opportunities for their children. “‘Yan lang ang maipapamana namin sa inyo,” they would say. In turn, Filipino students are seen to have a strong sense of determination when it comes to finishing their education and becoming the people they aspire to be for their family and their community.

For S.Y. 2020-2021, there were around 25 million enrolled students in the Philippines, but not all of them share the same journey towards reaching their dreams. Due to various social challenges that disrupt learning, some kids have it far more difficult than others. You have probably heard stories of students who don’t have access to learning materials, students who walk for miles just to attend their classes, students who do their homework under lamp posts, and other similar tales of hardships.

Despite the obstacles in their way, they have shown incredible TIBAY that can help them succeed in life with the right support and guidance. Through its Batang Matibay Awards, BEAR BRAND® Fortified celebrates these students who exemplify the strength to continue their education and to pursue their goals in life.

 
Despite the obstacles in their way, they have shown incredible TIBAY that can help them succeed in life with the right support and guidance. Through its Batang Matibay Awards, BEAR BRAND® Fortified celebrates these students who exemplify the strength to continue their education and to pursue their goals in life.

What does it take to be a Batang Matibay?
There have been a total of 30 Batang Matibay Awardees since BEAR BRAND® Fortified launched the program in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) in 2018. Each of these awardees has a unique story of TIBAY that can inspire other students who might be going through the same struggles.

BEAR BRAND® Fortified and DepEd start the process of selecting a new batch of awardees by gathering nominations from public schools all over the Philippines. Teachers can nominate their students from the 5th and 6th grades by providing testaments and personal accounts of how they embody tibay when it comes to pursuing their education, and in the face of physical, emotional, and social challenges. They must detail not only the academic achievements and extracurricular activities of the students, but more importantly the determination, optimism, and grit that enable them to accomplish these amidst life's adversities.

From these nominations, a panel of judges composed of representatives from Nestlé Philippines and DepEd carefully deliberates to name the top ten Batang Matibay awardees of the year who will be honored in a recognition ceremony.

Each awardee is presented with a plaque of recognition, BEAR BRAND® Fortified gift packs, a cash prize, and most importantly, a college scholarship grant that can help them finish their education and secure themselves a better future. Likewise, their respective schools also receive plaques of recognition, BEAR BRAND® Fortified gift packs, and laptop computers.

2021 Batang Matibay Awards
Last September 4, ten students coming from different regions in the country were recognized as this year’s batch of Batang Matibay awardees. Due to the constraints of the pandemic, the ceremony was held virtually via Facebook Live.

One of the awardees is Mark Angelo Sunio, a grade 5 student from Caloocan City. At a young age, Mark has displayed an astounding amount of strength in his battle with bone cancer, which has led to him losing his left arm. Despite this challenge, the 11-year old is still full of hope and drive to continue with his studies and win in life. His teachers describe him as a consistent academic achiever and someone who is always willing to offer his help to those who might need it.

"Naging matapang po ako kasi kailangang maging matapang sa sakit na cancer... Mag-aaral po ako nang mabuti para matupad ko ang anumang gusto ko sa buhay o pangarap ko." Mark said.

Aside from their day to day expenses, Mark’s parents are working hard to cover the costs of their son’s treatments. Fortunately, the incentives that he will receive as a Batang Matibay awardee will not only help support his education, but also their family’s needs.

Over the years, the inspiring stories of Batang Matibay awardees like Suhel, Pauline, and Myco have touched the hearts of the public. You can watch their stories of TIBAY on BEAR BRAND Powdered Milk Drink’s Facebook Page.

BEAR BRAND® Fortified recognizes the importance of equipping this generation with Tibay ngayon, tulong para sa mas matibay na bukas.

Make sure to check out BEAR BRAND® Fortified’s social media pages to know when nominations start for S.Y. 2021-2022 and how you can nominate. Who knows? The next Batang Matibay just might be from your community!


To get the latest update, follow me on my social media accounts.

Google shares tips on teaching digital responsibility to kids

Being a stay-at-home momma does not mean that I was able to keep an eye out to my kids 100% at all times. My girls are homeschooled, my eldest son is currently on e-learning due to this pandemic, and they are all allowed to have 1-2hours of screen time. And as much as you want to monitor their online activity, this momma got to do others things too. And wouldn't it be nice if I can let my kids online without having to worry about the bad stuff? Good thing that DaddyO's job is related to I.T. He supervises the kids and taught them the basics of safety in web browsing, and the DO's and DON'Ts of being online.

Did you know that Google shares tips on teaching digital responsibility to kids? Here are some tips that can help parents and guardians in teaching digital responsibility to kids:

  1. Teach them to think and act responsibly online. The Golden Rule applies in the digital world. Teach kids that if it’s something they wouldn’t say or do to someone in person, then it is not proper in the online space as well.
  2. Protect passwords. Teach kids to safeguard their personal information.  Create a strong and unique password. R3pl@ce le++ers wit# sYmb0ls & n^mb3rs 1ike Thi$. Make it memorable, but avoid using personal information like names or birthdays. Use different passwords for multiple sites.
  3. Avoid sharing personally identifiable information (PII) Personally identifiable information or PII pertains to information that can reveal someone’s identity which may violate a person’s privacy. Examples of PII include names, birthdays, addresses, and phone numbers among others. Help  kids understand the importance of protecting their PII and not sharing it on social media. Teach them as well to respect the privacy of friends and family online by not identifying people by name in public profiles and pictures.
  4. Beware of dangerous sites and scammers. Make sure children avoid downloading from file-sharing websites and don’t accept files or open email attachments from unknown people. Using antivirus software is also helpful, but be sure to update it regularly.
  5. Exercise critical thinking. Help young ones learn how to verify information on social media by simply checking other sources or Google Search. For children who use online resources for homework or research requirements, make sure they understand that cutting and pasting content directly from a website may be considered as plagiarism, especially if without citation.
  6. Know where children go online. It is advisable to supervise younger children when they use the internet and tools such as Family Link can help. For older children, it is a must to have an open and healthy discussion about internet use--what is appropriate for them and not. It is important that they understand these boundaries. Parents and guardians may also set rules like scheduling online time and putting gadgets aside during meal or family hours.

Watch the first episode of Google and Mommy Mundo’s #InternetAwesomeParents webinar series to learn more about “Teaching your kids to be better netizens”. Tune in to the upcoming episodes “Ensuring your kids safety online,” on September 22 and “Setting boundaries with technology for your kids” on September 29, both at 8:00 PM.

Catch the streams on Google Philippines’ YouTube channel and Facebook page


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Google shares tips on teaching digital responsibility to kids

Google shares tips on teaching digital responsibility to kids

Being a stay-at-home momma does not mean that I was able to keep an eye out to my kids 100% at all times. My girls are homeschooled, my eldest son is currently on e-learning due to this pandemic, and they are all allowed to have 1-2hours of screen time. And as much as you want to monitor their online activity, this momma got to do others things too. And wouldn't it be nice if I can let my kids online without having to worry about the bad stuff? Good thing that DaddyO's job is related to I.T. He supervises the kids and taught them the basics of safety in web browsing, and the DO's and DON'Ts of being online.

Did you know that Google shares tips on teaching digital responsibility to kids? Here are some tips that can help parents and guardians in teaching digital responsibility to kids:

  1. Teach them to think and act responsibly online. The Golden Rule applies in the digital world. Teach kids that if it’s something they wouldn’t say or do to someone in person, then it is not proper in the online space as well.
  2. Protect passwords. Teach kids to safeguard their personal information.  Create a strong and unique password. R3pl@ce le++ers wit# sYmb0ls & n^mb3rs 1ike Thi$. Make it memorable, but avoid using personal information like names or birthdays. Use different passwords for multiple sites.
  3. Avoid sharing personally identifiable information (PII) Personally identifiable information or PII pertains to information that can reveal someone’s identity which may violate a person’s privacy. Examples of PII include names, birthdays, addresses, and phone numbers among others. Help  kids understand the importance of protecting their PII and not sharing it on social media. Teach them as well to respect the privacy of friends and family online by not identifying people by name in public profiles and pictures.
  4. Beware of dangerous sites and scammers. Make sure children avoid downloading from file-sharing websites and don’t accept files or open email attachments from unknown people. Using antivirus software is also helpful, but be sure to update it regularly.
  5. Exercise critical thinking. Help young ones learn how to verify information on social media by simply checking other sources or Google Search. For children who use online resources for homework or research requirements, make sure they understand that cutting and pasting content directly from a website may be considered as plagiarism, especially if without citation.
  6. Know where children go online. It is advisable to supervise younger children when they use the internet and tools such as Family Link can help. For older children, it is a must to have an open and healthy discussion about internet use--what is appropriate for them and not. It is important that they understand these boundaries. Parents and guardians may also set rules like scheduling online time and putting gadgets aside during meal or family hours.

Watch the first episode of Google and Mommy Mundo’s #InternetAwesomeParents webinar series to learn more about “Teaching your kids to be better netizens”. Tune in to the upcoming episodes “Ensuring your kids safety online,” on September 22 and “Setting boundaries with technology for your kids” on September 29, both at 8:00 PM.

Catch the streams on Google Philippines’ YouTube channel and Facebook page


To get the latest update, follow me on my social media accounts.

Give your Baby’s #Skinmergency the Rapid Soothing Relief it needs with Aveeno Baby

Moms are at ease knowing that Aveeno Baby gives rapid soothing relief
for their babies very dry, itchy skin from 1st use

Aveeno Baby products

This rainy season, our skin is extra vulnerable to triggers and irritations. Even babies are no exception to different skin conditions like Eczema. According to the Philippine Dermatological Society, Atopic Dermatitis is even more common among children as it usually starts before the child’s 5th birthday. Luckily, Aveeno Baby brings in exciting new products and new and improved formulations to help moms soothe and protect their baby’s sensitive skin!

“With around 65 years of experience in sensitive skin expertise, Aveeno has always been cognizant of the needs of mothers and the advances of scientific technology. Keeping this in mind, the brand has also evolved with the demands and preferences of its consumers” said Kat Suarez, marketing manager of Aveeno Philippines. “As the #1 Pediatrician-Prescribed Baby Brand for Sensitive Skin, we’re very happy to share the new and improved Aveeno Baby products with improved and even gentler formulations, ergonomically designed packaging, and upgraded visuals to reflect a modern look that resonates to moms today.” Aveeno Baby offers three product lines in order to cater to as much skin types or skin issues as possible: Daily Moisture, Soothing Relief, and Dermexa.

First, for babies with normal to dry skin, moms can use the Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture line. Formulated with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, these products ensure to moisturize, protect, restore the pH skin balance, soothe, and cleanse baby’s sensitive skin.  Under this product line are the Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion that protects and moisturizes baby’s sensitive skin for 24 hours, and the Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Wash & Shampoo that gently cleanses and nourishes baby’s hair and sensitive skin.  The Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Wash & Shampoo has a new and improved formula that upgraded the fragrance to eliminate all known allergens and minimize potential skin sensitizations and allergic reactions. It also comes in smaller and bigger sizes – from 100ml to 532ml! Moms can have Aveeno Baby right by their side, no matter where they are.


Now for babies with very dry, itchy skin, Aveeno Baby offers the Soothing Relief Cream that provides rapid soothing relief for baby’s very dry, itchy skin from 1st use. With its Natural Colloidal Oatmeal + Portulaca Oleracea Extract formulation, it immediately helps soothe baby’s sensitive skin and enhances the skin’s moisture barrier to protect and hydrate baby’s very dry skin for 24 hours. This also now comes in a smaller size of 140g, making it handy to bring anywhere you go to ensure that you always have Aveeno Baby to give your baby soothing comfort from a #skinmergency or very dry, itchy skin

Lastly, for babies with signs of Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema, Moms’ go-to rescue regimen for their baby’s #skinmergency consists of Aveeno Baby Dermexa Moisturizing Cream, that’s now available in the Philippines, and the Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing Wash! Both are formulated with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal + Ceramides that’s clinically proven to relieve skin dryness, itchiness, redness,  tightness, and flaking. This formula also helps prevent the recurrence of extreme dryness from atopic or eczema-prone skin. In fact, both products are awarded with the National Eczema Association Seal of Approval. The Cleansing Therapy Wash also has a new and improved formula that is now sulfate-free and tear-free to further minimize any potential skin reactions or sensitization.

All Aveeno Baby formulations have been Triple Tested for gentleness by a pediatrician, dermatologist, and ophthalmologist. So, if you’re a mom with a baby that has sensitive skin, now’s the best time to try out all the new Aveeno Baby products according to your baby’s skin’s needs! Manage your baby’s #skinmergency by adding to cart now on Lazada, Shopee, Watsons, and J&J PH Chat & Shop to experience rapid soothing relief for baby’s very dry, itchy skin from 1st use!

The Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo is available in new 100ml for Php 150.00 SRP, 236ml for Php 330.00 SRP, and 532ml for Php 670.00 SRP. While the Daily Moisture Lotion is available in 227g for Php 295.00 SRP and 532ml for 625.00 SRP.  The Soothing Relief Cream is available in new 140g for Php 475.00 SRP and 227g for Php 690.00 SRP. Lastly, the Aveeno Baby Dermexa Cream is available in 141g for Php 779.00 SRP and the Cleansing Therapy Wash in 236ml for Php 599.00 SRP.

For more information on how to manage your #skinmergencies, visit Aveeno PH’s official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AveenoPH/, visit the website on https://www.aveeno.com.ph/ and follow Aveeno on their social media pages @aveenoph. 

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Give your Baby’s #Skinmergency the Rapid Soothing Relief it needs with Aveeno Baby

Give your Baby’s #Skinmergency the Rapid Soothing Relief it needs with Aveeno Baby

Moms are at ease knowing that Aveeno Baby gives rapid soothing relief
for their babies very dry, itchy skin from 1st use

Aveeno Baby products

This rainy season, our skin is extra vulnerable to triggers and irritations. Even babies are no exception to different skin conditions like Eczema. According to the Philippine Dermatological Society, Atopic Dermatitis is even more common among children as it usually starts before the child’s 5th birthday. Luckily, Aveeno Baby brings in exciting new products and new and improved formulations to help moms soothe and protect their baby’s sensitive skin!

“With around 65 years of experience in sensitive skin expertise, Aveeno has always been cognizant of the needs of mothers and the advances of scientific technology. Keeping this in mind, the brand has also evolved with the demands and preferences of its consumers” said Kat Suarez, marketing manager of Aveeno Philippines. “As the #1 Pediatrician-Prescribed Baby Brand for Sensitive Skin, we’re very happy to share the new and improved Aveeno Baby products with improved and even gentler formulations, ergonomically designed packaging, and upgraded visuals to reflect a modern look that resonates to moms today.” Aveeno Baby offers three product lines in order to cater to as much skin types or skin issues as possible: Daily Moisture, Soothing Relief, and Dermexa.

First, for babies with normal to dry skin, moms can use the Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture line. Formulated with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, these products ensure to moisturize, protect, restore the pH skin balance, soothe, and cleanse baby’s sensitive skin.  Under this product line are the Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion that protects and moisturizes baby’s sensitive skin for 24 hours, and the Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Wash & Shampoo that gently cleanses and nourishes baby’s hair and sensitive skin.  The Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Wash & Shampoo has a new and improved formula that upgraded the fragrance to eliminate all known allergens and minimize potential skin sensitizations and allergic reactions. It also comes in smaller and bigger sizes – from 100ml to 532ml! Moms can have Aveeno Baby right by their side, no matter where they are.


Now for babies with very dry, itchy skin, Aveeno Baby offers the Soothing Relief Cream that provides rapid soothing relief for baby’s very dry, itchy skin from 1st use. With its Natural Colloidal Oatmeal + Portulaca Oleracea Extract formulation, it immediately helps soothe baby’s sensitive skin and enhances the skin’s moisture barrier to protect and hydrate baby’s very dry skin for 24 hours. This also now comes in a smaller size of 140g, making it handy to bring anywhere you go to ensure that you always have Aveeno Baby to give your baby soothing comfort from a #skinmergency or very dry, itchy skin

Lastly, for babies with signs of Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema, Moms’ go-to rescue regimen for their baby’s #skinmergency consists of Aveeno Baby Dermexa Moisturizing Cream, that’s now available in the Philippines, and the Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing Wash! Both are formulated with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal + Ceramides that’s clinically proven to relieve skin dryness, itchiness, redness,  tightness, and flaking. This formula also helps prevent the recurrence of extreme dryness from atopic or eczema-prone skin. In fact, both products are awarded with the National Eczema Association Seal of Approval. The Cleansing Therapy Wash also has a new and improved formula that is now sulfate-free and tear-free to further minimize any potential skin reactions or sensitization.

All Aveeno Baby formulations have been Triple Tested for gentleness by a pediatrician, dermatologist, and ophthalmologist. So, if you’re a mom with a baby that has sensitive skin, now’s the best time to try out all the new Aveeno Baby products according to your baby’s skin’s needs! Manage your baby’s #skinmergency by adding to cart now on Lazada, Shopee, Watsons, and J&J PH Chat & Shop to experience rapid soothing relief for baby’s very dry, itchy skin from 1st use!

The Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo is available in new 100ml for Php 150.00 SRP, 236ml for Php 330.00 SRP, and 532ml for Php 670.00 SRP. While the Daily Moisture Lotion is available in 227g for Php 295.00 SRP and 532ml for 625.00 SRP.  The Soothing Relief Cream is available in new 140g for Php 475.00 SRP and 227g for Php 690.00 SRP. Lastly, the Aveeno Baby Dermexa Cream is available in 141g for Php 779.00 SRP and the Cleansing Therapy Wash in 236ml for Php 599.00 SRP.

For more information on how to manage your #skinmergencies, visit Aveeno PH’s official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AveenoPH/, visit the website on https://www.aveeno.com.ph/ and follow Aveeno on their social media pages @aveenoph. 

To get the latest update, follow me on my social media accounts.

Keep your kids active and bring out their creativity with HUAWEI Kids Products

 

Huawei launched HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro, the must-have digital assistant for parents and smart toy for children!

HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro

Huawei's Consumer BG is entering the Philippines' kids smart device market and bringing two highly competitive but safe gadgets for Filipino families, including the HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro.

In this digital era, people rely on digital channels and electronic devices to complete daily life. Hence, children are already influenced to play with various gadgets and entertainment through electronic devices ever since an early age. This tendency has drastically increased during this past year. The demand for gadgets for children has increased dramatically during this new normal situation. Even though the demand for children’s gadgets is high, the variety of gadgets for children is extremely low. Children mostly use their parents’ gadgets, which creates numerous concerns for parents in granting access to gadgets. Huawei understood these issues and did research and development to come up with solutions. Today, Huawei officially launches MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, a tablet specifically made for children, packed with features to ensure a safe & healthy digital experience.

George Li, Country Head Huawei CBG Philippines said, "Huawei oversees the current challenge of the digitalized world and commits to bringing innovation in every development of Huawei products that are smart and problem-solving. We’re proud to introduce the HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI Watch Kids 4 Pro that will bring fun and education all wrapped in a safe and adorable device and will be a perfect companion for parents and their children. "

HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition
HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition

HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, the ultimate safe and eye protection tablet for children

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, designed with children’s education and healthy development in mind. Available in an 8-inch variant, this latest addition to the HUAWEI MatePad T Series comprises beautiful tablets that are specifically designed for children aged 3-8. They offer everything a child loves, including an adorable Kids Case, stylus pen, and the Kids Corner default app that is pre-loaded with child-friendly content.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition comes with a beautiful Kids Case made from environmentally safe silicone, offering all-around protection for both the device and your child. Consisting of a blue shell and cute green grips, it is comfortable and enjoyable to hold for small hands. The tablets also feature curved backs, giving them a delicate and rounded grip.

Ultra-slim bezels result in an immersive visual experience, with a bright blue stylus pen to match your child’s inquisitive mind. The stylus pen offers a more interactive experience for kids by enabling them to draw finer pictures on the tablet, as well as to enjoy themselves to the fullest when playing touchscreen games. Both the Kids Case and the stylus pen meet the European Standards on the Safety of Toys and pass the Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS), so parents can confidently allow their children to enjoy the accessories.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition boasts numerous safety features, giving parents the ultimate peace of mind. Parents can manage time spent, apps used, and other viewable content on Kids Corner, allowing them to set multiple designated time limit intervals throughout the day. For example, parents can set it so that their child can use the tablet for a maximum of 20 minutes after school between 5 pm to 6 pm, or after dinner between 7 pm and 9 pm. They can also apply different settings for the weekday versus the weekend so that the tablet brings the perfect balance between study and play. In Kid’s Profile, parents can also gain access to their children’s usage records, allowing them to log their children’s usage time and see the apps used over any given period.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition leverages the power of technology to protect children's eyesight. A built-in color adjustment module intelligently adjusts the content on the display, offering a discrete eye protection mode. With help from an ambient light sensor, the tablet also enables multi-layered eye protection for your child’s eyes.

Huawei tablets are equipped with a built-in gravity sensor that can determine whether the user is lying flat, with prompts to encourage them to adjust their posture accordingly. There is even an algorithm that detects when the tablet is shaking (such as when the user is using the tablet while walking or in a car), which can remind your child to use it in a stable state, therefore developing better eye habits. Furthermore, when the eBook mode is enabled, the tablet automatically adjusts the contrast, brightness, sharpness, saturation, color temperature, grayscale and other parameters on the display to offer a quality reading experience that closely resembles that of reading a physical book. The Bumpy Road Alerts, Posture Alerts, eBook mode, and more can all be toggled on and off in Kids Corner.

HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition
HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition comes pre-installed with a wealth of rich educational content, making it the perfect tablet companion for children as they grow. For Kids Corner, Huawei has partnered with BabyBus and Azoomee, two of the leading educational developers creating apps for children. The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, therefore, comes with a free three-month membership to Baby Panda World, and a free one-year membership to Azoomee. With a constant stream of updated content, these apps allow children to keep learning, and have fun while doing it!

 

     BabyBus apps: Baby Panda Care, Daily Habits, Baby Panda’s Hospital, Magic Numbers, Little Panda’s Dream Castle, Where Do Babies Come From?, Ice Cream Bar Factory, Healthy Eater, Talking Baby Panda, Earthquake Safety, Little Panda: Pony Care Club, and more!

     Talking Tom apps: My Talking Tom, My Talking Tom 2, My Talking Angela, My Talking Angela 2, My Talking Tom Friends, Talking Tom Gold Run, and more!

     GoKids! apps: Truck games for kids - build a house, car wash, Colors for Kids, Toddlers, Babies - Learning Game, Learn colors and shapes, 123 numbers for kids, and more!

     Other apps your kids will love: Kidoodle.TV® - Safe Streaming™, Coco-Melons Videos Collections, Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus, Kahoot! Play & Create Quizzes, Learn Korean, Learn Japanese, Chinese - LingoDeer, Lingokids - English for Kids, and more!

 

This premium kids tablet comes with the third-largest app distribution service in the world, AppGallery; and mobile search engine Petal Search. AppGallery is the place to discover more Apps, Educational tools, and Games. Enjoy exclusive content and free welcome Gifts, special in-game events, competitions, prize draws, and rewards only for AppGallery users. The Petal Search app, on the other hand, brings an alternative search experience that aggregates information, delivering the most relevant results for users to enable them to fully personalize and manage their tablet experience.

 

HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro: A Safe and Healthy Companion throughout your Kids’ Growth

HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition
HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition

The HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro, featuring a vibrant and fluid design and integrating technology and premium materials to offer kids a fun and educational experience. From the technologically advanced hardware setup to the thoughtful and practical software applications, HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro aims to be a unique watch that will accompany kids to keep them safe and healthy and help them to enjoy exploring the world.

HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro includes features like Huawei’s own self-developed network positioning services intelligently obtain the optimal location accuracy. Thanks to the GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, A-GPS, WLAN positioning, base station positioning, indoor positioning, accelerometer-assisted positioning, and SOS camera-assisted positioning, HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro can accurately record location every 120 seconds. Parents will also receive notifications when their kids leave or enter the Safe Zone.

At the same time, the privacy framework of HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro is designed with reference to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enabling strict data encryption and privacy protection for kids.

In addition, with the 5MP front camera, the HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro supports HD video calls using HUAWEI MeeTime. Users can make HD video or voice calls on the HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro with contacts that own Huawei devices, such as phones, visions, and tablets.

HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro is equipped with a 5ATM water-resistant design.Particularly, the buttons have a waterproof enclosure design that has passed strict waterproof tests. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters. The HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro also provides a counting feature and one-min activity challenge for skipping rope, free skipping rope, and sit-ups. In addition, the smartwatch can track users’ steps and provide a ranking which is helpful for kids to challenge themselves when they exercise.

From the technologically advanced hardware setup to the thoughtful and practical software applications, HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro aims to be a unique watch that will accompany a child to keep them safe and healthy and help them to enjoy exploring the world.

Price and Availability

HUAWEI MatePad T8 Kids Edition retails at PHP 8,999. For the first or initial sale offer of the Huawei Mate Pad T 8 Kids Edition starting September 24 until October 1, 2021 via online Huawei Store, the following freebies worth Php 8,996 pesos will be bundled with your HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, and they include the:

  • Pen (SRP 499)
  • Cover (SRP 999)
  • Baby Panda (SRP 759)
  • Lamp (SRP 2499)
  • Baby Bus App 3 month VIP (SRP 450)
  • Azoomee APP 12 month VIP (SRP 3790)

The HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro’s availability details, on the other hand, will be announced soon so please stay tuned.


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  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Huawei launched HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro

Keep your kids active and bring out their creativity with HUAWEI Kids Products

 

Huawei launched HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro, the must-have digital assistant for parents and smart toy for children!

HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro

Huawei's Consumer BG is entering the Philippines' kids smart device market and bringing two highly competitive but safe gadgets for Filipino families, including the HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro.

In this digital era, people rely on digital channels and electronic devices to complete daily life. Hence, children are already influenced to play with various gadgets and entertainment through electronic devices ever since an early age. This tendency has drastically increased during this past year. The demand for gadgets for children has increased dramatically during this new normal situation. Even though the demand for children’s gadgets is high, the variety of gadgets for children is extremely low. Children mostly use their parents’ gadgets, which creates numerous concerns for parents in granting access to gadgets. Huawei understood these issues and did research and development to come up with solutions. Today, Huawei officially launches MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, a tablet specifically made for children, packed with features to ensure a safe & healthy digital experience.

George Li, Country Head Huawei CBG Philippines said, "Huawei oversees the current challenge of the digitalized world and commits to bringing innovation in every development of Huawei products that are smart and problem-solving. We’re proud to introduce the HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition and HUAWEI Watch Kids 4 Pro that will bring fun and education all wrapped in a safe and adorable device and will be a perfect companion for parents and their children. "

HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition
HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition

HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, the ultimate safe and eye protection tablet for children

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, designed with children’s education and healthy development in mind. Available in an 8-inch variant, this latest addition to the HUAWEI MatePad T Series comprises beautiful tablets that are specifically designed for children aged 3-8. They offer everything a child loves, including an adorable Kids Case, stylus pen, and the Kids Corner default app that is pre-loaded with child-friendly content.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition comes with a beautiful Kids Case made from environmentally safe silicone, offering all-around protection for both the device and your child. Consisting of a blue shell and cute green grips, it is comfortable and enjoyable to hold for small hands. The tablets also feature curved backs, giving them a delicate and rounded grip.

Ultra-slim bezels result in an immersive visual experience, with a bright blue stylus pen to match your child’s inquisitive mind. The stylus pen offers a more interactive experience for kids by enabling them to draw finer pictures on the tablet, as well as to enjoy themselves to the fullest when playing touchscreen games. Both the Kids Case and the stylus pen meet the European Standards on the Safety of Toys and pass the Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS), so parents can confidently allow their children to enjoy the accessories.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition boasts numerous safety features, giving parents the ultimate peace of mind. Parents can manage time spent, apps used, and other viewable content on Kids Corner, allowing them to set multiple designated time limit intervals throughout the day. For example, parents can set it so that their child can use the tablet for a maximum of 20 minutes after school between 5 pm to 6 pm, or after dinner between 7 pm and 9 pm. They can also apply different settings for the weekday versus the weekend so that the tablet brings the perfect balance between study and play. In Kid’s Profile, parents can also gain access to their children’s usage records, allowing them to log their children’s usage time and see the apps used over any given period.

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition leverages the power of technology to protect children's eyesight. A built-in color adjustment module intelligently adjusts the content on the display, offering a discrete eye protection mode. With help from an ambient light sensor, the tablet also enables multi-layered eye protection for your child’s eyes.

Huawei tablets are equipped with a built-in gravity sensor that can determine whether the user is lying flat, with prompts to encourage them to adjust their posture accordingly. There is even an algorithm that detects when the tablet is shaking (such as when the user is using the tablet while walking or in a car), which can remind your child to use it in a stable state, therefore developing better eye habits. Furthermore, when the eBook mode is enabled, the tablet automatically adjusts the contrast, brightness, sharpness, saturation, color temperature, grayscale and other parameters on the display to offer a quality reading experience that closely resembles that of reading a physical book. The Bumpy Road Alerts, Posture Alerts, eBook mode, and more can all be toggled on and off in Kids Corner.

HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition
HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition

The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition comes pre-installed with a wealth of rich educational content, making it the perfect tablet companion for children as they grow. For Kids Corner, Huawei has partnered with BabyBus and Azoomee, two of the leading educational developers creating apps for children. The HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, therefore, comes with a free three-month membership to Baby Panda World, and a free one-year membership to Azoomee. With a constant stream of updated content, these apps allow children to keep learning, and have fun while doing it!

 

     BabyBus apps: Baby Panda Care, Daily Habits, Baby Panda’s Hospital, Magic Numbers, Little Panda’s Dream Castle, Where Do Babies Come From?, Ice Cream Bar Factory, Healthy Eater, Talking Baby Panda, Earthquake Safety, Little Panda: Pony Care Club, and more!

     Talking Tom apps: My Talking Tom, My Talking Tom 2, My Talking Angela, My Talking Angela 2, My Talking Tom Friends, Talking Tom Gold Run, and more!

     GoKids! apps: Truck games for kids - build a house, car wash, Colors for Kids, Toddlers, Babies - Learning Game, Learn colors and shapes, 123 numbers for kids, and more!

     Other apps your kids will love: Kidoodle.TV® - Safe Streaming™, Coco-Melons Videos Collections, Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus, Kahoot! Play & Create Quizzes, Learn Korean, Learn Japanese, Chinese - LingoDeer, Lingokids - English for Kids, and more!

 

This premium kids tablet comes with the third-largest app distribution service in the world, AppGallery; and mobile search engine Petal Search. AppGallery is the place to discover more Apps, Educational tools, and Games. Enjoy exclusive content and free welcome Gifts, special in-game events, competitions, prize draws, and rewards only for AppGallery users. The Petal Search app, on the other hand, brings an alternative search experience that aggregates information, delivering the most relevant results for users to enable them to fully personalize and manage their tablet experience.

 

HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro: A Safe and Healthy Companion throughout your Kids’ Growth

HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition
HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition

The HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro, featuring a vibrant and fluid design and integrating technology and premium materials to offer kids a fun and educational experience. From the technologically advanced hardware setup to the thoughtful and practical software applications, HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro aims to be a unique watch that will accompany kids to keep them safe and healthy and help them to enjoy exploring the world.

HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro includes features like Huawei’s own self-developed network positioning services intelligently obtain the optimal location accuracy. Thanks to the GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, A-GPS, WLAN positioning, base station positioning, indoor positioning, accelerometer-assisted positioning, and SOS camera-assisted positioning, HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro can accurately record location every 120 seconds. Parents will also receive notifications when their kids leave or enter the Safe Zone.

At the same time, the privacy framework of HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro is designed with reference to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enabling strict data encryption and privacy protection for kids.

In addition, with the 5MP front camera, the HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro supports HD video calls using HUAWEI MeeTime. Users can make HD video or voice calls on the HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro with contacts that own Huawei devices, such as phones, visions, and tablets.

HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro is equipped with a 5ATM water-resistant design.Particularly, the buttons have a waterproof enclosure design that has passed strict waterproof tests. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters. The HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro also provides a counting feature and one-min activity challenge for skipping rope, free skipping rope, and sit-ups. In addition, the smartwatch can track users’ steps and provide a ranking which is helpful for kids to challenge themselves when they exercise.

From the technologically advanced hardware setup to the thoughtful and practical software applications, HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro aims to be a unique watch that will accompany a child to keep them safe and healthy and help them to enjoy exploring the world.

Price and Availability

HUAWEI MatePad T8 Kids Edition retails at PHP 8,999. For the first or initial sale offer of the Huawei Mate Pad T 8 Kids Edition starting September 24 until October 1, 2021 via online Huawei Store, the following freebies worth Php 8,996 pesos will be bundled with your HUAWEI MatePad T 8 Kids Edition, and they include the:

  • Pen (SRP 499)
  • Cover (SRP 999)
  • Baby Panda (SRP 759)
  • Lamp (SRP 2499)
  • Baby Bus App 3 month VIP (SRP 450)
  • Azoomee APP 12 month VIP (SRP 3790)

The HUAWEI WATCH KIDS 4 Pro’s availability details, on the other hand, will be announced soon so please stay tuned.


To get the latest update, follow me on my social media accounts.

Obesity Prevention Awareness Week #ObesityPreventionAwarenessWeek

There’s More to Obesity than Meets the Eye

A closer look at this silent pandemic this Obesity Prevention Awareness Week


 

As the world finds itself preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors have come to address and shed light on an equally critical pandemic that has been affecting the world, including roughly 18M Filipinos – that is Obesity.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the worldwide prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016. Statistics from 2020 showed that 39% of adults, are considered obese – almost two out of every 5 persons.

President of the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO) and obesity expert, Dr. Mia C. Fojas mentioned that in the Philippines, as far back as 1999, obesity was already one of the country’s most serious health concerns.


It was relevant then and even more so today

“It has taken years to recognize obesity as a disease with almost 40% of the population of Metro Manila at this point being either overweight or obese,” revealed Dr. Fojas.

“There are so many complications attributed to obesity, including metabolic, mechanical and even mental diseases, hypertension, diabetes, thrombosis, dyslipidemia, and many others,” Dr. Fojas added. The PASOO president stressed the relevance of obesity awareness in light of Covid-19, “Obesity is known to impair normal bodily function and to confer harm or morbidity especially now in this pandemic. Obesity is one of the comorbidities that can worsen a patient’s condition.”


Obesity Prevention Awareness Week Webinar, a call to knowledge and action

As obesity is truly a health concern, Proclamation No. 162 known as the Obesity Prevention Awareness Week was signed on August 21, 1999 by then President Joseph Estrada. This is observed every first week of September with PASOO as the mandated lead agency.

In line with its commitment to drive change in diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases in the country, Novo Nordisk Philippines, conducted a media forum with a multi-disciplinary group of key opinion leaders in the field of medicine and health & wellness in observance of Obesity Prevention Awareness Week. 

As part of Novo Nordisk Philippines’ the Body of Truth obesity advocacy campaign, the program was designed to shed light on the truth and dangers of obesity as a disease as well as the ways by which Filipinos can come together to stem this silent pandemic even beyond lifestyle changes and exercise.

Experts on this program include the President of the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO) Dra. Mia C. Fojas, radio personality, talk show host and multi-awarded physician Dr. Bles Salvador, life and fitness coaching couple, founders of FITFIL challenge, and former coaches of The Biggest Loser Philippines Jim and Toni Saret, and was moderated by the Senior Medical Manager of Novo Nordisk Philippines, Dr. Cyrus Q. Pasamba.


Obesity is a disease

One of the key learnings discussed was the hard truth that obesity is a disease. Dr. Fojas mentioned that obesity is known to impair bodily functions, causes characteristic signs and symptoms, and confers harm or morbidity. It affects 30% of Filipinos nationwide and afflicts 40% of Filipinos in Metro Manila.

Probed further on the matter of how obesity is diagnosed, the PASOO president said, “It is not just the weight, it is also the waist circumference that correlates well with mortality and morbidity, like hypertension and other illnesses associated with the disease.”

Beyond the body mass index (BMI) of 29 from the World Health Organization and International Obesity Taskforce for Asians, it really is the waist circumference threshold of 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females that are the key determinants for obesity diagnosis, even beyond the weight and the height of an individual.

Dr. Bles Salvador furthered the discussion when she cited many patients’ concerns and ailments that trace their roots to obesity, and stressed that if left untreated, is indeed life threatening.

“We even have 13 types of cancer identified that are all associated with obesity, and even under the findings of the Center for Disease Control that at the start of the pandemic 78% of those diagnosed with COVID were found to be obese.” according to Dr. Salvador.

The bottom line is that having obesity increases one’s inflammatory markers, lowering immunity and resistance to diseases and comorbidities including insulin resistance, hypertension, diabetes, metabolic, and mechanical issues.


Women and obesity

One of the questions raised was if women, more than men, are prone to having obesity.

For Dr. Fojas, “Physiologically, women are engineered to store more fat, having less muscle mass and more abdominal fat to protect internal organs.”

Dr. Salvador, an OB-GYN, spoke of her experiences where patients approached her for common diagnostic procedures because of recurring infections or a variety of ailments like diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, gynecological cancers, as well as infertility only to find out that most were rooted in weight issues and obesity.

“Women have fat-friendly hormones like estrogen and progesterone which really respond to adipocytes and fat cells,” added Dr. Salvador.

One of the more troubling observations of Dr. Salvador was the impact of obesity on family life wherein sufferers cannot join activities of their children, are subject to inadvertent hurtful words, and other stresses. In the course of her practice, she has created a formula wherein she would advise patients to lose ten pounds, adjust their lifestyle, and if needed, take proper medication to see and sustain marked holistic improvement.

Movement is key

Dr. Cyrus Pasamba of Novo Nordisk Philippines mentioned that due to the various lockdown permutations for the past 17 months, more and more people are suffering silently from obesity or “quarantine fat” as they have limited opportunities to move, to go to the gym, and often rely on high-calorie fast food deliveries.

Coach Jim and Toni Saret stressed the importance of movement, how we in this pandemic must strive to consciously find ways to be physically active to prevent and control obesity, and to increase our immunity to fight Covid-19.

Coach Jim Saret explained that our bodies can only take in enough calories per day and anything we do not burn will be stored as fat, so over time fat accumulates, and we gain weight.

“Lifestyle is a big factor, and, in this pandemic, we need to be more conscious about moving because we are consuming a lot of calories but move less as we continue to stay home more.”

Coach Toni added, in this pandemic “Our metabolic and fitness age has surpassed our biological age because of our sedentary locked-at-home lifestyle. Movement and exercise defy this metabolic aging process.”


The prevention and cure for obesity

When one is starting to gain weight, PASOO president, Dr. Fojas advised to first target a 5 to 10-percent weight loss to achieve ideal BMI or waist circumference and to consciously live a healthier lifestyle.

This of course can be done by healthy diet and exercise.

The fitness and wellness couple Coaches Jim and Toni Saret echoed this by saying, “Exercising is just moving.” They advised everyone to move more, even while sitting down. This principle will be the focus of the interactive Body of Truth 8-Week challenge and community to be launched in the Body of Truth Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/BodyOfTruth ) on September 13 to help people kickstart their health journey.

“What if exercise and diet are not enough to address the issue,” asked Dr. Pasamba, since obesity as a disease has been proven to have farther reaching complications if not diagnosed early.

Coach Jim acknowledged this and mentioned that they have been advising people to seek medical advice prior to engaging in any diet or fitness regimen.

Dr. Fojas added, “Normally, people approach fitness experts first on matters of weight. However, there is a need for people to consult their doctors first, as all doctors are qualified to assist, diagnose, and manage patients especially on matters concerning the prevention and management of obesity.”

In addition, Dr. Fojas stressed that there are instances when medication is needed especially for morbidly obese-classified patients. There are medicines, like over-the-counter ones and injectable GLP-1 Receptor Agonist drugs, among others, that can be prescribed by endocrinologists. These are options used to treat the disease.

In the end, the right knowledge, information, and treatment are key to beat obesity. These can be done by healthcare professionals who are able to provide the right diagnosis and proper guidance. They are the very same experts who will pave the way so we can all beat obesity as one community.

For more information on obesity and the chance to join the Body of Truth 8-Week challenge, please visit www.facebook.com/BodyOfTruth


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Obesity Prevention Awareness Week: There’s More to Obesity than Meets the Eye

Obesity Prevention Awareness Week #ObesityPreventionAwarenessWeek

There’s More to Obesity than Meets the Eye

A closer look at this silent pandemic this Obesity Prevention Awareness Week


 

As the world finds itself preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors have come to address and shed light on an equally critical pandemic that has been affecting the world, including roughly 18M Filipinos – that is Obesity.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the worldwide prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016. Statistics from 2020 showed that 39% of adults, are considered obese – almost two out of every 5 persons.

President of the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO) and obesity expert, Dr. Mia C. Fojas mentioned that in the Philippines, as far back as 1999, obesity was already one of the country’s most serious health concerns.


It was relevant then and even more so today

“It has taken years to recognize obesity as a disease with almost 40% of the population of Metro Manila at this point being either overweight or obese,” revealed Dr. Fojas.

“There are so many complications attributed to obesity, including metabolic, mechanical and even mental diseases, hypertension, diabetes, thrombosis, dyslipidemia, and many others,” Dr. Fojas added. The PASOO president stressed the relevance of obesity awareness in light of Covid-19, “Obesity is known to impair normal bodily function and to confer harm or morbidity especially now in this pandemic. Obesity is one of the comorbidities that can worsen a patient’s condition.”


Obesity Prevention Awareness Week Webinar, a call to knowledge and action

As obesity is truly a health concern, Proclamation No. 162 known as the Obesity Prevention Awareness Week was signed on August 21, 1999 by then President Joseph Estrada. This is observed every first week of September with PASOO as the mandated lead agency.

In line with its commitment to drive change in diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases in the country, Novo Nordisk Philippines, conducted a media forum with a multi-disciplinary group of key opinion leaders in the field of medicine and health & wellness in observance of Obesity Prevention Awareness Week. 

As part of Novo Nordisk Philippines’ the Body of Truth obesity advocacy campaign, the program was designed to shed light on the truth and dangers of obesity as a disease as well as the ways by which Filipinos can come together to stem this silent pandemic even beyond lifestyle changes and exercise.

Experts on this program include the President of the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO) Dra. Mia C. Fojas, radio personality, talk show host and multi-awarded physician Dr. Bles Salvador, life and fitness coaching couple, founders of FITFIL challenge, and former coaches of The Biggest Loser Philippines Jim and Toni Saret, and was moderated by the Senior Medical Manager of Novo Nordisk Philippines, Dr. Cyrus Q. Pasamba.


Obesity is a disease

One of the key learnings discussed was the hard truth that obesity is a disease. Dr. Fojas mentioned that obesity is known to impair bodily functions, causes characteristic signs and symptoms, and confers harm or morbidity. It affects 30% of Filipinos nationwide and afflicts 40% of Filipinos in Metro Manila.

Probed further on the matter of how obesity is diagnosed, the PASOO president said, “It is not just the weight, it is also the waist circumference that correlates well with mortality and morbidity, like hypertension and other illnesses associated with the disease.”

Beyond the body mass index (BMI) of 29 from the World Health Organization and International Obesity Taskforce for Asians, it really is the waist circumference threshold of 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females that are the key determinants for obesity diagnosis, even beyond the weight and the height of an individual.

Dr. Bles Salvador furthered the discussion when she cited many patients’ concerns and ailments that trace their roots to obesity, and stressed that if left untreated, is indeed life threatening.

“We even have 13 types of cancer identified that are all associated with obesity, and even under the findings of the Center for Disease Control that at the start of the pandemic 78% of those diagnosed with COVID were found to be obese.” according to Dr. Salvador.

The bottom line is that having obesity increases one’s inflammatory markers, lowering immunity and resistance to diseases and comorbidities including insulin resistance, hypertension, diabetes, metabolic, and mechanical issues.


Women and obesity

One of the questions raised was if women, more than men, are prone to having obesity.

For Dr. Fojas, “Physiologically, women are engineered to store more fat, having less muscle mass and more abdominal fat to protect internal organs.”

Dr. Salvador, an OB-GYN, spoke of her experiences where patients approached her for common diagnostic procedures because of recurring infections or a variety of ailments like diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, gynecological cancers, as well as infertility only to find out that most were rooted in weight issues and obesity.

“Women have fat-friendly hormones like estrogen and progesterone which really respond to adipocytes and fat cells,” added Dr. Salvador.

One of the more troubling observations of Dr. Salvador was the impact of obesity on family life wherein sufferers cannot join activities of their children, are subject to inadvertent hurtful words, and other stresses. In the course of her practice, she has created a formula wherein she would advise patients to lose ten pounds, adjust their lifestyle, and if needed, take proper medication to see and sustain marked holistic improvement.

Movement is key

Dr. Cyrus Pasamba of Novo Nordisk Philippines mentioned that due to the various lockdown permutations for the past 17 months, more and more people are suffering silently from obesity or “quarantine fat” as they have limited opportunities to move, to go to the gym, and often rely on high-calorie fast food deliveries.

Coach Jim and Toni Saret stressed the importance of movement, how we in this pandemic must strive to consciously find ways to be physically active to prevent and control obesity, and to increase our immunity to fight Covid-19.

Coach Jim Saret explained that our bodies can only take in enough calories per day and anything we do not burn will be stored as fat, so over time fat accumulates, and we gain weight.

“Lifestyle is a big factor, and, in this pandemic, we need to be more conscious about moving because we are consuming a lot of calories but move less as we continue to stay home more.”

Coach Toni added, in this pandemic “Our metabolic and fitness age has surpassed our biological age because of our sedentary locked-at-home lifestyle. Movement and exercise defy this metabolic aging process.”


The prevention and cure for obesity

When one is starting to gain weight, PASOO president, Dr. Fojas advised to first target a 5 to 10-percent weight loss to achieve ideal BMI or waist circumference and to consciously live a healthier lifestyle.

This of course can be done by healthy diet and exercise.

The fitness and wellness couple Coaches Jim and Toni Saret echoed this by saying, “Exercising is just moving.” They advised everyone to move more, even while sitting down. This principle will be the focus of the interactive Body of Truth 8-Week challenge and community to be launched in the Body of Truth Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/BodyOfTruth ) on September 13 to help people kickstart their health journey.

“What if exercise and diet are not enough to address the issue,” asked Dr. Pasamba, since obesity as a disease has been proven to have farther reaching complications if not diagnosed early.

Coach Jim acknowledged this and mentioned that they have been advising people to seek medical advice prior to engaging in any diet or fitness regimen.

Dr. Fojas added, “Normally, people approach fitness experts first on matters of weight. However, there is a need for people to consult their doctors first, as all doctors are qualified to assist, diagnose, and manage patients especially on matters concerning the prevention and management of obesity.”

In addition, Dr. Fojas stressed that there are instances when medication is needed especially for morbidly obese-classified patients. There are medicines, like over-the-counter ones and injectable GLP-1 Receptor Agonist drugs, among others, that can be prescribed by endocrinologists. These are options used to treat the disease.

In the end, the right knowledge, information, and treatment are key to beat obesity. These can be done by healthcare professionals who are able to provide the right diagnosis and proper guidance. They are the very same experts who will pave the way so we can all beat obesity as one community.

For more information on obesity and the chance to join the Body of Truth 8-Week challenge, please visit www.facebook.com/BodyOfTruth


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Panasonic nanoe air purifier deployed in the Vaccination area as added layers of protection against Covid.

Panasonic and Mandaluyong City join hands to bring back the Filipino smile with nanoeTM X technology


Panasonic, as part of its global campaign to spread the anti-Covid technology of nanoeTMX has recently donated nanoe air purifiers and nanoeTM X generators that have been verified to have inhibitory effects on the novel coronavirus to the City of Mandaluyong for use in City vaccination centers.

(L-R) Communication & Product Planning Manager Francis Serrato, Mandaluyong City Health Officer Dr. Alex Sta. Maria, Panasonic Air-Conditioning Philippines CEO Masaru Toyota, Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos, Life Solutions Group Country Head Yosuke Tanaka, and SM Vice President Christian Mathay.


The social good initiative was welcomed by no less than Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos and City Health Officer Dr. Alex Sta. Maria last September 3, 2021, at the SM Megatrade Hall vaccination site. Panasonic representatives, Masaru Toyota, Panasonic Air-Conditioning Philippines (PACPH) President & CEO, Life Solutions Group Country Head Manager Yosuke Tanaka, and Communication & Product Planning Manager Francis Serrato were present during the turn-over.

“We truly are grateful to Panasonic for providing our city’s health workers and our Mandalenyos with the gift of safety and protection brought by the nanoe and nanoeTM X anti-Covid technology,” Mayor Abalos said.

The Mandaluyong City Health Officer, Dr. Alex Sta, Maria added, “With the nanoeTM X generators and nanoe air purifiers, we can all breathe a sigh of relief as we enter our vaccination sites with a little more confidence in knowing that we have added layers of protection against Covid.” 



“We in Panasonic truly believe that we all must do our part, to act together to protect ourselves, our families, and most especially our front liners, our doctors, nurses, and health workers against the pandemic. Our nanoeTM X technology has been proven to help improve air quality we breathe indoors, said Masaru Toyota.

Yosuke Tanaka added, “In the next few months, Panasonic will continue to reach out to a number of LGU vaccination sites to help make these areas safer not just for doctors and health workers but also the vaccinees as we act together against the pandemic.”

To find out more on how one can protect their homes, offices, and other areas against the resurgence of COVID-19, check out https://www.panasonic.com/ph/nanoe/


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Panasonic and Mandaluyong City join hands to bring back the Filipino smile with nanoeTM X technology


Panasonic nanoe air purifier deployed in the Vaccination area as added layers of protection against Covid.

Panasonic and Mandaluyong City join hands to bring back the Filipino smile with nanoeTM X technology


Panasonic, as part of its global campaign to spread the anti-Covid technology of nanoeTMX has recently donated nanoe air purifiers and nanoeTM X generators that have been verified to have inhibitory effects on the novel coronavirus to the City of Mandaluyong for use in City vaccination centers.

(L-R) Communication & Product Planning Manager Francis Serrato, Mandaluyong City Health Officer Dr. Alex Sta. Maria, Panasonic Air-Conditioning Philippines CEO Masaru Toyota, Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos, Life Solutions Group Country Head Yosuke Tanaka, and SM Vice President Christian Mathay.


The social good initiative was welcomed by no less than Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos and City Health Officer Dr. Alex Sta. Maria last September 3, 2021, at the SM Megatrade Hall vaccination site. Panasonic representatives, Masaru Toyota, Panasonic Air-Conditioning Philippines (PACPH) President & CEO, Life Solutions Group Country Head Manager Yosuke Tanaka, and Communication & Product Planning Manager Francis Serrato were present during the turn-over.

“We truly are grateful to Panasonic for providing our city’s health workers and our Mandalenyos with the gift of safety and protection brought by the nanoe and nanoeTM X anti-Covid technology,” Mayor Abalos said.

The Mandaluyong City Health Officer, Dr. Alex Sta, Maria added, “With the nanoeTM X generators and nanoe air purifiers, we can all breathe a sigh of relief as we enter our vaccination sites with a little more confidence in knowing that we have added layers of protection against Covid.” 



“We in Panasonic truly believe that we all must do our part, to act together to protect ourselves, our families, and most especially our front liners, our doctors, nurses, and health workers against the pandemic. Our nanoeTM X technology has been proven to help improve air quality we breathe indoors, said Masaru Toyota.

Yosuke Tanaka added, “In the next few months, Panasonic will continue to reach out to a number of LGU vaccination sites to help make these areas safer not just for doctors and health workers but also the vaccinees as we act together against the pandemic.”

To find out more on how one can protect their homes, offices, and other areas against the resurgence of COVID-19, check out https://www.panasonic.com/ph/nanoe/


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