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Friday, April 18, 2014

NMI child survey to present findings

Two University of Hawaii experts will be making presentations about key findings and highlights of the result of the Health Pacific Child Project Survey that was conducted in the CNMI in 2005.

NMC-Cooperative Research Education and Extension Service said that Dr. Rachel Novotny and Nicola Davison will be flying to Saipan this week for a presentation on the health survey results, with focus on dietary data obtained from the Health Pacific Child Project Survey.

The two will be holding a presentation to the media on Friday at the Aquarius Beach Tower.

CNMI public health officials led by DPH deputy secretary Lynn Tenorio, Diabetes Control Program officer Tayna Camacho, CREES director Ross Manglona and project coordinator Patricia Coleman will be attending the presentation this week for the media.

The survey focused on children ages 6 months to 11 years old. The survey gathered data related to the children’s body mass index, dental health, diet, infant feeding practices, and other associated areas for the survey.

The survey was conducted in 16 different villages in the CNMI based on the Census 2000 data. The villages covered were: Capital Hill, Chalan Kanoa, Dandan, Garapan, Gualo Rai, Kagman, Koblerville, Navy Hill, San Antonio, San Jose (Saipan), San Jose (Tinian), San Roque, San Vicente, Songsong (Rota) Susupe and Tinian.

The HPCP Survey was conducted in collaboration with the CNMI Department of Public Health and the community college.

Novotny had already presented the preliminary results of the survey a year ago. Her presentation led to the awareness of the community that children in the CNMI have a higher intake of salt, carbohydrates and protein, when compared with levels recommended by the U.S Food and Drug Administration.

Sodium intake in the CNMI for kids ages 9 to 10 is 2,785mg per day, against the FDA recommended 1,500mg a day.

Novotny earlier said a lot of food in the CNMI are salty or have high sodium content, such as what is found in processed luncheon meat, chips and other junk food.

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