August 3, 2015 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: LACTATION SUPPORT MINI-GRANT FOR BUSINESSES
SUBJECT 2: PACKAGING AND LABEL CHANGES TO PEDIASURE PRODUCTS
SUBJECT 3: LOVING SUPPORT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
SUBJECT 4: COOLING CENTERS PROVIDE RELIEF FROM SUMMER HEAT
SUBJECT 5: CEU CORNER

JOB OPENING: PART-TIME WIC NUTRITIONIST - SHANNON COUNTY HEALTH CENTER

SUBJECT 1: Lactation Support Mini-Grant for Businesses. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is offering up to $500 to a limited number of Missouri employers to create or improve their lactation support policies and programs.
For example, funds may be used for:

To be eligible to receive a mini-grant, the employer must submit their breastfeeding support policy which must be in compliance with the breastfeeding support requirements from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). To apply, complete the attached application and budget, and submit by October 1, 2015 to kathleen.gregory@health.mo.gov. Only applications that are complete will be considered. Notice of awards will be made within 60 days of application due date or on a first come, first serve basis. All funds must be expended by March 30, 2016. Please contact Karla Voss at 573-522-2820 with any questions. For more information on the Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite program go to http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/breastfeeding/support.php (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 2: Packaging and Label Changes to PediaSure Products. Please note the following changes:

These changes will not affect the formulation, label, UPC, or price. Please share the changes above with your participants who are receiving these products. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 3: Loving Support Award of Excellence. The state WIC office would like to congratulate six local WIC agencies who have received the FNS Loving Support Award of Excellence. The award program was established to recognize local WIC agencies that have provided exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support activities. Three levels of excellence were recognized and awarded: Gold, Gold Premiere, and Gold Elite. Only local WIC agencies that have operated a peer counseling program for at least one year, which meets all of the required core components of the FNS Loving Support© Model for a successful peer counseling program were eligible.

Six local WIC agencies in Missouri applied for the Gold level and all six were awarded. They are:

Congratulations again for this achievement and thank you to all our agencies for all the work you do in supporting breastfeeding. If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 4: Cooling Centers Provide Relief From Summer Heat. Cooling Centers are available during the summer months for anyone seeking relief from the heat. Please add this to your participant resource list:

Cooling Center Locations: https://ogi.oa.mo.gov/DHSS/coolingCenter/index.html

Through the online cooling center directory, users can simply enter a zip code, city or county to find a cooling center nearby.

SUBJECT 5: CEU Corner. This section will have Continuing Education Opportunities posted for WIC staff:

ConAgra Foods has a wide variety of free recorded webinars at http://www.conagrafoodsscienceinstitute.com/. You’ll be sure to find a number of them that will pique your interest and increase your knowledge of nutrition, physical activity, and health. The next live webinar is Towards a Sustainable Food Supply: Myths and Realities on Thursday, Sept 17, 1-2pm CDT. Registration is open now. Prior webinars are listed under the Nutri-Bites Webinar tab. Not all webinars pertain to WIC; however all are CDR approved


WIC Positions

JOB OPENING: Part-Time WIC Nutritionist - Shannon County Health Center. The Shannon County Health Center is seeking a part-time WIC Nutritionist to work two days per week. Responsibilities include conducting nutrition assessments, assigning risk factors and providing appropriate nutrition and breastfeeding education to all participants according to WIC program policies and procedures. Minimum qualifications are a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in dietetics, public health nutrition, human nutrition, nutritional sciences, nutrition and fitness, sports nutrition, restaurant and food sciences, or home economics; including at least 15 semester hours in foods and nutrition from a four-year program, and at least one course in diet therapy I and II and one course in community nutrition or nutrition in life cycle/life cycle nutrition. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit resume to: Shannon County Health Center, Attention: Kandra Counts, P.O. Box 788, Eminence, MO 65466. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

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