May 2, 2016 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: BREASTFEEDING CONFERENCE - SAVE THE DATE
SUBJECT 2: DATE CHANGE FOR THE KIRKSVILLE SESSION OF “NUTRITION FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND WOMEN THRU THE CHILDBEARING YEARS”
SUBJECT 3: FOLIC ACID IN CORN TORTILLAS
SUBJECT 4: CEU CORNER


SUBJECT 1: Breastfeeding Conference - Save the Date! The Greater Ozarks Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting a breastfeeding conference “Building a Bridge to a Better World” in Springfield on August 26, 2016. The featured speaker will be Dr. Christina Smillie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM. Full conference brochure and registration is coming soon. Please see the attached conference flyer. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 2: Date Change for the Kirksville Session of “Nutrition for Infants, Children, and Women Thru the Childbearing Years.” Due to a scheduling conflict, the date for the Kirksville training has been changed from July 20 to July 19. Training dates for other locations remain as listed in the April 4, 2016 WIC Update. We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from this rescheduling. Dates and locations for the trainings are listed below:

Nutrition for Infants, Children, and Women thru the Childbearing Years
Kirksville 7/19/16 (New Date)
Cape Girardeau 7/27/16
Columbia 8/5/16

Nutrition for Infants, Children, and Women thru the Childbearing Years - Advanced Topics
Springfield 7/6/16
St. Charles 7/15/16
Independence 8/3/16

More information will be sent regarding registration and site locations at a later date. If you have questions, please contact Mark Wright at Mark.Wright@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 3: Folic Acid in Corn Tortillas. Wheat and rice flours have been fortified with folic acid since 1996.  Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed to allow the addition of folic acid to corn masa flour, the main grain in the Hispanic diet and many other Americans’ diets.  “Fortifying grains with folic acid has been a tremendously successful intervention in promoting healthier pregnancies and preventing birth defects, leading to a one-third decline in neural-tube defects,” Dr. Benard Dreyer, president of the AAP, said in a statement. 

Manufacturers may begin voluntary fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid on April 15, 2016. Consumers wishing to purchase products made with corn masa flour fortified with folic acid should check the ingredients statement for the presence of folic acid.  Read more at http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm496104.htm.  Contact your assigned District Technical Assistance (TA) Nutritionist with any questions.

SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner
Free, 4-part webinar series:  The Microbiome Webinar Series, is an educational activity organized by the American Society for Nutrition’s (ASN)  Nutritional Science Council, to describe the different approaches used to characterize the human microbiome, review current knowledge about gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota and obesity, and discuss the interactive role of GI microbiota and nutrition in chronic health and disease.

In this webinar series, four, approximately one-hour webinars will be conducted. Each webinar will feature two presentations by researchers.

CPE: ASN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 CPEU per webinar. Dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ASN (Provider #NS010) is accredited and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) as a provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs for Registered Dietitians.

To register click here

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