May 10, 2016 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: WIC INVOICES
SUBJECT 2: WIC APPROVED CEREAL CHANGE - CLEAR VALUE AND VALUE TIME
SUBJECT 3: UPDATE ON WIC RESOURCE SHIPMENT AND WIC RESOURCE REQUEST FORM (WIC 8)
SUBJECT 4: ARSENIC CONTENT OF WIC APPROVED INFANT RICE CEREAL
SUBJECT 5: LACTATION SUPPORT MINI-GRANT FOR BUSINESSES
SUBJECT 6: CEU CORNER

SUBJECT 1: WIC Invoices. WIC invoices for May 2016 (submitted for payment in the month of June), along with prior months, must be submitted through the Online WIC Invoicing System by close of business Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Invoices submitted after that date will be held and paid in July 2016. This change in schedule complies with the close of the State Fiscal Year 2016 payment processing deadlines. If you have questions, please contact Laura Thompson at Laura.Thompson@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901

SUBJECT 2: WIC Approved Cereal Change - Clear Value and Valu Time. Clear Value cereals are changing to Valu Time cereals. Please share the attached poster with participants who may shop at WIC retailers which carry Clear Value cereals. WIC participants are allowed to purchase either Clear Value or Valu Time brand cereals that are on the shelf at the WIC retailer. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 3: Update on WIC Resource Shipment and WIC Resource Request Form (WIC 8). The WIC resources listed below have been shipped to local WIC providers:

Resources Shipped to All Local WIC Providers

Resources Shipped to Local WIC Providers Who Completed the Online-Order Survey

Please begin using the updated WIC Resource Request Form (WIC 8), attached, to order additional quantities from the DHSS warehouse. If you have any suggestions and/or questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 4: Arsenic Content of WIC Approved Infant Rice Cereal. According to the manufacturers (Beechnut & Geber), the content of arsenic in the Missouri WIC approved infant rice cereals meets the proposed Food Drug Administration (FDA) limit for rice cereals. Please advise your staff and participants that the Missouri WIC approved rice cereals are safe and meet the standard of the FDA. The letters from Beech-Nut and Gebers are attached. For information about Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products, please visit the FDA website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 5: Lactation Support Mini-Grant for Businesses. The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a state-wide initiative to increase employer support for breastfeeding mothers. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) 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 on:

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 September 1, 2016 to karla.voss@health.mo.gov. Please contact 573-522-2820 with any questions. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 6: CEU Corner.
The Facts on Snacks: Trends, Behaviors and Recommendations
By Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN, and David Just, PhD with the support of Kellogg’s

Americans of all ages are snacking more now than ever before. In some cases, it’s even replacing meals. Given that nearly half of adults snack two - or more - times a day, providing healthy snacking advice to your clients is more important now than ever. This webinar will take an exclusive look at the latest trends and science on snacking - specifically how often and when Americans snack, the foods they snack on and the impact of their food environment on snacking. It will also delve into an evidence-based discussion of the latest research on snacking with regard to health and weight management and will conclude with practical recommendations to promote healthy snacking. View the webinar.

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