June 6, 2011 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: May WIC Invoices
SUBJECT 2: MyPlate New Icon from USDA
SUBJECT 3: WIC Nutrition Assessment Form for Infant (WIC 37)
SUBJECT 4: Preventing and Managing Chronic Disease
SUBJECT 5: Learning Dynamics Supervisors Newsletter-Ordering Information

  1. May WIC Invoices: WIC Invoices for May 2011, and prior months, submitted for payment in the month of June must be submitted through the Online WIC Invoicing System by close of business on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Invoices submitted after that date will be held and paid in July, 2011. This change in schedule complies with the close of State Fiscal Year 2011 payment processing deadlines. If you have questions please contact Laura Weiler at Laura.Weiler@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.

  2. MyPlate New Icon from USDA: First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin Launch MyPlate Icon as a New Reminder to Help Consumers to Make Healthier Food Choices. Attached is information from USDA that addresses the MyPlate icon that serves as a reminder to make healthier food choices. MyPlate will replace the MyPyramid image as the government's primary food group symbol as an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPyramid will remain available to interested health professionals and nutrition educators in a special section of the new website. The state WIC office will begin plans to provide the MyPlate education brochures during 2012. The new icon can be seen at the following location: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. If you have questions, contact your district nutritionist. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  3. WIC Nutrition Assessment Form for Infant (WIC 37): The WIC 37 form is being printed. However, the printed forms may not be available at the DHSS warehouse until the middle of June. If your agency needs the forms as soon as printed, please e-mail the following information to Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

    • Number of Pads Your Agency Needs
    • Agency Number
    • Agency Name

  4. Preventing and Managing Chronic Disease: CDC has provided an information brochure titled Preventing and Managing Chronic Disease to Improve the Health of Women and Infants. The attachment addresses the following:
    • chronic disease and reproductive health
    • the impact of chronic disease, risk behaviors and risk factors on pregnancy and infant outcomes
    • the effect of hypertension and diabetes during pregnancy on a woman’s long term health
    • the benefits of reducing risk for chronic disease among women of reproductive age
    • what women can do
    • what CDC is doing to promote health and prevent chronic disease among women of reproductive age
    • websites and resources

      This brochure is for your information and not meant to be given as a hand-out to the WIC participant. If you have any questions, contact your district nutritionist. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  5. Learning Dynamics Supervisors Newsletter-Ordering Information: Learning Dynamics provides a newsletter titled On the Call, which is for supervisors and staff who uses the phone in their work routine. Attached is information about this newsletter and subscription information. If you have any questions, contact your district nutritionist. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

Attachments:
CDC Chronic Disease and WRA Fact Sheet
My Plate replaces Food Guide Pyramid
Newsletter for Supervisors from Learning Dynamics