Celebrities promote children’s health with Abbott’s new milk formula

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Speakers from the event along with representatives from Abbott Philippines pose for a photo after the official launch of the new Similac GainSchool at Shangri-La The Fort, Bonifacio Global City on September 3rd.

Abbott announced the launch of Similac GainSchool, the first and only dairy formula with the PRODI-G nutrient system and a proprietary blend of five different human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) to support better brain connections, higher IQ and stronger immunity.

The new Similac GainSchool builds on Abbott’s pioneering achievements in infant nutrition – launching the first milk formula in the Philippines with 2′-fucosyllactose (2′-FL) HMO in 2018. Scientists from ‘Abbott have been studying HMOs for more than two decades. HMOs are special prebiotics that nourish and strengthen the body’s immune system. They feed good bacteria in the gut where 70% of the immune system exists. HMOs have been a missing link in the composition of formulas that inherently improve children’s immunity.

The new Similac GainSchool now improves on the brand’s previous formulation and adds five of the most abundant types of HMOs that proportionally represent 60% of the total HMOs found in nature, scientifically engineered for even better immunity and fewer sick days.

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Anna Ong-Lim, pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition consultant Dr. Mary Jean Guno, and director of medical affairs for Abbott’s nutrition business in Asia Pacific, Dr. Dr. Jose Rodolfo Dimaano Jr., answers Bianca Gonzalez Intal’s questions about the importance of nutrition in improving children’s immunity and brain development.

The breakthrough formulation also includes the PRODI-G nutrient system which contains gangliosides – or complex lipids found naturally in the brain – and other nutrients essential for brain development. Gangliosides are important nutrients that promote better neural connections, cognitive development, and performance IQ.

As restrictions ease, children have finally started going back outside, meeting their peers and taking face-to-face lessons. After more than two years indoors, an important question on the minds of parents is: “How can I prepare my children physically and mentally for these changes?”

“The first five years of life are critical for physical growth and brain development,” said Dr. Jose Rodolfo Dimaano Jr., director of medical affairs for Abbott’s nutrition business in Asia Pacific. “To best prepare children to maximize their learning, and with the world reopening, parents must ensure that children continue to receive quality nutrition that supports stronger immunity, better cognition and stronger brain connections. We believe that with good nutrition, children can grow up healthier and live fuller lives.”

Bianca Gonzalez Intal, Filipina TV host, writer and Similac GainSchool mom, welcomes guests to the official launch of the new Similac GainSchool.

As a leader in nutrition, Abbott is committed to helping people achieve their best health at every stage of life. Through the pursuit of industry-leading innovations, the new Similac GainSchool is the result of decades of pediatric nutrition research, including more than 100 clinical studies.

The new Similac GainSchool was unveiled at a media launch held at Shangri-La The Fort in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The event included a series of expert-led talks on the importance of boosting immunity and cognition, followed by a panel discussion on how parents can help their children thrive in a post- pandemic.

The event highlighted the critical role parents play in supporting children’s growth during an important period of their development. Providing adequate nutrition for physical and cognitive development, providing emotional support, and celebrating small victories at home are important parts of a child’s overall growth.

Similac moms Bianca Gonzalez Intal, Chynna Ortaleza-Cipriano and Feliz Lucas share their views on parenting during the pandemic and ensuring good nutrition as kids slowly return to face-to-face classes.

Influential personalities such as: Bianca Gonzalez Intal, Chynna Ortaleza-Cipriano and Feliz Lucas, and medical experts: Dr. Mary Jean Guno and Dr. Anna Lisa T. Ong-Lim highlighted the ways in which they – as parents or pediatric specialists – promote the health of their children.

“As a parent, I always want to find ways to help my daughters thrive,” said Bianca Gonzalez Intal. “I want my girls to make the most of every opportunity this new world gives them to grow into independent, empowered women. That’s why I’m grateful to Abbott and the new Similac GainSchool for helping me provide good nutrition to help raise my daughters to be stronger, smarter and healthier, ready to take on the world.

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