December 1, 2008 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: MOWINS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) #2
SUBJECT 2: Changes – Food Packages for Children and Women
SUBJECT 3: Breastfeeding Critical For Preterm Infants
SUBJECT 4: Sesame Street’s Healthy Habits for Life Educational Kits

  1. MOWINS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) #2:  We have posted the second set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) in MOWINS News on the WIC Updates site.  These FAQ’s came from questions pilot agency staff asked during their MOWINS training in October 2008.
    If you have questions, contact Mark Davis at mark.davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.

  2. Changes – Food Packages for Children and Women:  Due to changes in food packages in MOWINS, the following changes will be implemented in HANDS effective January 1, 2009:
    • Whole Milk For Children and Women
      Whole milk will NOT be allowed for children (24 – 59 months old) and women.
    • Additional Cheese for Children and Women
      No additional cheese will be allowed for participants with Risk Factor 355 (lactose intolerance).  Specialty milks are available for participants with lactose intolerance.
    • Revised Enhanced Breastfeeding Women

    Food Package Codes

    Enhanced Breastfeeding Food Packages

    900

    7 gallons (28 qts) of milk
    1 pound of cheese

    New!
    Food Package codes will be available by January 1, 2009

    6 gallons (24 qts) of milk
    2 pound of cheese
    1 can of Evaporated milk

    The state office will provide more information through the WIC Update on January 12, 2009.  If you have any questions and/or suggestions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  3. Breastfeeding Critical For Preterm Infants:  Attached is an article about the importance of breastfeeding for preterm infants in recognition of Prematurity Awareness Month.  “As the country recognizes Prematurity Awareness Month, many are aware that more than a half million babies—one in every eight—are born prematurely each year in the United States. There is virtually universal agreement among health care experts that breast milk is the ideal form of nutrition for all infants, including those who are born premature.” 

  4. Sesame Street’s Healthy Habits for Life Educational Kits:  The National WIC Association partnered with Sesame Street Workshop to develop education material for young children.  The State WIC office purchased this educational kit for each Missouri WIC family.  The kits include a fun DVD to teach children how to eat healthfully and that physical activity can be fun.  It has all of the Sesame Street characters joining in the activities.

    The Sesame Street kits will be sent to the local WIC providers during December.  When you receive the kit please review it, and have your staff preview the different activities.  Please give one (1) kit to each WIC family.

    As you know we will begin our New WIC Food Package with fresh fruits and vegetables beginning October 1, 2009.  This seems like a long way off, but do begin introducing this new food package to our WIC participants now.  The Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life kit will begin educating them on the importance of fruits and veggies as well as getting children exercising more.

    If you have questions, please contact your District Nutritionist.

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Breastfeeding Critical for Preterm Infants