December 12, 2005 WIC Update

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SUBJECT: Reminder - Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) Applications Due December 31, 2005 (Attachment #1 & #2)
SUBJECT: Breastfeeding Promotion Training for LWP Staff
SUBJECT: Missouri Tobacco Quitline
SUBJECT: Outreach Items Posted on the FNS Website
SUBJECT: Partners to Combat Hunger - Letter from USDA Undersecretary Eric Bost, et. al.

  1. Reminder - The Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) is taking applications for the 2006 - 2007 class year. A few changes are being made to the Program for this class year. First, up to four interns will be selected from the pre-select option, instead of only two as in previous years. This is advantageous for employees of LWPs, who are eligible to participate in the pre-select option. The deadline for the pre-select option is Dec. 31. Second, there is no fee for those interns who, upon graduation, agree to enter into or resume employment with the LWP for a minimum of 18 months. A fee will apply to all other interns. Third, the "new" application form is required. See attached. Fourth, the Dietetic Internship Recommendation form doc is also attached. For more information, visit our website.

  2. Reminder Notice: Breastfeeding Promotion Training for LWP Staff - The State WIC Office requires the LWP to provide all staff with Breastfeeding Promotion Orientation within 6 months of the date of hire or rehire using the Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Orientation Presentation, and annually thereafter. Later this week, WICNS will be sending you a CD with this power point presentation for your use when training your staff.

  3. DHSS has established the Missouri Tobacco Quitline, which provides counseling and support for individuals who want to quit smoking. The quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, connects a caller with the counseling service that is recognized as the industry leader-Free & Clear, of Seattle, Washington. Free & Clear has the highest one-year quit rate and leads the nation in experience and number of clients. The service is available to all Missourians. All callers to the quitline are provided a counseling session and a kit of self-help materials. I encourage any DHSS employee who wants to quit smoking to call the quitline. More than 800 Missourians have registered with the Quitline since it started in June.

  4. There are several new outreach items that have been posted on the FNS website Additionally we encourage you to take advantage of the Public Service Announcements available for television and in store announcements. The link provides information on how to request these PSAs.

    Here are links to each item:
    10 Myths and Facts Collection:
    Working Poor:
    Persons with Disabilities:
    Immigrants: (bottom of page)
    Elderly: (updatedversion)

    10 Outreach Ideas Collection:
    For Retailers, Municipal Agencies, and Faith-Based Organizations: (bottom of the page)

    Television and In Store Public Service Announcements:
    Q and A and Links to Streaming Video:

  5. Attached is a letter from Eric Bost, USDA Undersecretary and others addressing the issue of hunger in America.