June 14, 2010 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Education to Participants about using Full Food Package
SUBJECT 2: Certificate of Training in Childhood & Adolescent Weight Management
SUBJECT 3: Give Your Baby a Healthy Start – Folic Acid Awareness
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Camden County Health Department

  1. Education to Participants about using Full Food Package: In review of checks that participants have redeemed at the grocery store, we are seeing that the participant is often not taking the full amount of foods that are issued on their check.  An example of this is, the infant is issued 16 4-ounce jars of baby food.  However, the mom only redeems the check for 1 jar.  Her infant is missing out on the other 15 jars worth of nutrition.  This is just one example.  Participants are also not taking other food items printed on their check, such as peanut butter, beans, bread, etc.  Please encourage the participant to redeem and use all of the foods on the check for their health and well being.  If you have questions, please contact your District Nutritionist.

  2. Certificate of Training in Childhood & Adolescent Weight Management: The American Dietetic Association is offering a Certificate of Training in Childhood & Adolescent Weight Management training in Madison, Wisconsin, September 23 – 25, 2010.  This training is specifically for registered dietitians.  The following is from the ADA website: The country's leading health researchers call obesity the top nutrition problem in the United States.  More than half of all adults are overweight and a third are obese, according to the National Institutes of Health, and as many as 20 percent of children are obese.  Meanwhile, the Surgeon General's "Report on Physical Activity and Health" found exercise and physical activity among everyone from school-age children to adults to be at an all-time low.  And, childhood and adolescent obesity is an increasingly important predictor of adult obesity.  This program is designed to produce providers of comprehensive weight management care for children and adolescents who also know when and how to refer patients to other specialists.  This training is open to ADA members, RDs, and DTRs.

    The Certificate of Training Offers:

    • cutting edge information and skills shared by leading practitioners in the field
    • cases and exercises to allow hands-on experience
    • valuable resource materials and tools for immediate use and future reference
    • an opportunity to showcase your expertise by earning a Certificate of Training
    • 29 hours of continuing professional education units

    What's Involved?

    • There are three components to the training program: a self-study module (11 hours of readings, activities, and a pre-test), a 2 ½ day live workshop, and a post test.  Participants must pass the pre-test to attend the workshop.  After successful completion of the course and take-home post-test, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management, suitable for framing.  All program participants will receive continuing professional education units; however, only those who pass the post-test will receive the certificate.  Participants will only be given one opportunity to take the post-test.


    • The registration fee is $345.00.  Registration includes the home study module, 2 1/2 day on-site workshop including beverage breaks and post-test.  Meals are not included.  A complimentary copy of the on-site participant manual will be available for downloading within five (5) days of the program.  A paper copy of the manual can be purchased at an additional cost of $25.00.  A $25.00 cancellation fee will apply if the pre-work materials have been mailed.  In the rare instance that you do not pass the pre-test, a refund will be provided minus a $55.00 fee for the home study module.

      If any local WIC provider registered dietitians are interested in this course, please contact your TA nutritionist.  There is a commitment from the LWP to complete the required self-study before the training, to pass the post training exam and to remain as a WIC nutritionist for at least 1 year post training.  The training costs, which will include registration, all travel for the training, hotel and food costs will be funded through the state WIC office.

    For more information please go to the following web site: http://www.eatright.org/CADE/content.aspx?id=5797.  Please contact your district TA team if you have questions.

  3. Give Your Baby a Healthy Start – Folic Acid Awareness: The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) will launch a new PSA which will run from June 1 to July 20 on the CBS “Super Screen” in the heart of the Times Square Plaza in New York City.  The 15-second bilingual spot, Give Your Baby a Healthy Start/¿Quiere darle a su bebe un comienzo saludable?, sends SBA’s lifesaving prevention message about the benefits of taking a multivitamin with folic acid daily to women of childbearing age to reduce their risk of having a Spina Bifida affected birth.

    The PSA will run an estimated 18-20 times a day and will be viewed by over 1.5 million people per day, by an estimated 75 million over the course of the campaign, on the CBS “Super Screen” strategically positioned at 42nd St between 7th and 8th Avenue in the heart of the Times Square Plaza. The CBS “Super Screen” is 26’ x 20’ for a total of 520 square feet of viewing space.  The CBS screen is full motion and full color.

    The PSA is available on SBA’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1e3nJVLbng.


WIC Positions

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: The Camden County Health Department is looking to fill a part-time WIC Nutritionist position.  This position will require a minimum of graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public health nutrition, dietetics, nutrition, foods, home economics, or closely related field, including or supplemented by at least 15 semester hours in foods and nutrition including at least 1 course in diet therapy and 1 course in community nutrition.  Please submit resumes to Susan Puyear, WIC Coordinator at puyeas@lpha.mopublic.org or fax to 573-346-0173.  For questions, call 573-346-7271 ext 210.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.  Equal Opportunity Employer.