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Pinggang Pinoy

• The Pinggang Pinoy is a nutrition tool for preparing healthy food on a per meal
basis. It was developed by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and
Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).

• The Pinggang Pinoy is intended to guide meal planners in preparing food that is
proportional according to current nutritional guidelines for different age groups.

• The Pinggang Pinoy depicts a plate with color-coded portions representing the
different food groups that should be on each plate. Half of the plate is composed of
“Glow” foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Vegetables represent a larger portion of
this group than fruits because more vegetables are needed to get proper amounts of
vitamins, minerals and fiber. Fruits are represented by a banana, and vegetables by
malunggay leaves, both of which are abundant yearround, fairly affordable and
commonly consumed.
• Grow foods like meat, milk and egg products, are
represented by the popular tilapia fish that make up one-
sixth of the plate. The remainder of the plate is composed
of “Go” foods like cereals, grains and starches, which are
represented by a bowl of rice, the staple food of Filipinos.
• The three food groups are called Go, Grow and Glow
because these terms describe the function of each food
group in the body.
Grow or body-building foods, such as
meat, fish, dairy and eggs, provide the
protein and minerals necessary for the
growth and repair of tissues, muscles and

Glow or body-regulating foods, such as

fruits and vegetables, provide the vitamins
and minerals to maintain healthy body
functions, as well as fiber for healthy
Go or energy-giving foods, such as rice,
grains and other starches, provide energy
to keep one going throughout the day.
• Beside the plate is a glass of water to symbolize the importance of hydration by
drinking plenty of water, along with a glass of milk daily. Consumption of sugary
beverages should be moderate to minimal, as high intake can result in unhealthy
weight gain and increased risk of dental caries and diabetes.
• The standard placemat for adults depicts a traditional brown woven buri
placemat, making the tool even more uniquely Pinoy.
• The placemats vary in color, depending on the age group. The icon for children 3
to 12 years old has a bright orange background to represent vitality, energy and
youth. The Pinggang Pinoy for teens has a blue placemat to represent strength
and coolness, while the red placemat for the elderly represents power and
courage and stimulates appetite. There is even a green Pinggang Pinoy for
pregnant and lactating women that represents fertility and new life.
• Use the Pinggang Pinoy as guide to well-balanced and healthier meals for your
Operation Timbang Plus
Operation Timbang Plus
• Is the annual weighing and height measurement of all
preschoolers 0-71 months old or below six years old in a
community to identify and locate the malnourished children.
• Data generated through OPT Plus are used:
 for local nutrition action planning, particularly in quantifying the number of
 identifying who will be given priority interventions in the community.
 Moreover, results of OPT Plus provide information on the nutritional status
of the preschoolers and the community in general
Goal :providing information on the effectiveness of the local nutrition
Objectives of Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus
• The conduct of OPT Plus is intended to generate data for nutritional assessment, planning, management and evaluation of local
nutrition programs.

• Specifically, it aims to:

1. Locate families with preschoolers whose weights are below or above normal;

2. Identify and quantify preschoolers with weights below and above normal needing immediate assistance;

3. Detect growth faltering among infants and preschoolers as early as possible;

4. Encourage parents or guardians or caregivers to have their preschoolers weighed regularly;

5. Determine priority areas and individuals for local program implementation;

6. Provide appropriate health and nutrition services to preschoolers whose weights fall below normal; and

7. Assess the effectiveness of the local nutrition program.

Mechanics of OPT Plus

• The most recent population census of the barangay is used in determining

total number of preschoolers to be weighed and measured.
• If census data are not available, the total population of the barangay is
multiplied by16.2% to arrive at the estimated number of preschoolers aged 0-
71 months to be weighed.
• The OPT Plus Team consists of the Rural Health Midwife, BNS and other
members of the Barangay Council (i.e. Committee Chair on Health and
Nutrition, Sangguniang Kabataan Chairperson), the BHWs, and Day Care
Worker (DCW). The team may be assisted by the purok or mother leaders,
other community leaders or representatives from civic organization
Site of weighing

• Weighing is conducted at any place convenient to

both the families in the barangay and the OPT Plus
Team. It may be held in a barangay hall, day care
center, barangay health station, health and nutrition
post, home or any place easily accessible to the target
Flow of OPT Plus
• reference: http://www.nnc.gov.ph/plans-and-