October 27, 2014 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Nutrition Services Standards
SUBJECT 2: WIC Conference T-Shirts
SUBJECT 3: Reminder - University of Minnesota National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Seminar Telecast
SUBJECT 4: Program for Dietetic Interns
SUBJECT 5: Participate in the “Healthy People 2020” Process! Public Comment Now Open
SUBJECT 6: 1-2-3-4-5 Fit-Tastic Campaign
SUBJECT 7: WIC Low-Fat Milk Videos and Recipes
SUBJECT 8: Missouri WIC Conference - Making a Difference

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist - City of St. Joseph Health Department

SUBJECT 1: Nutrition Services Standards: USDA and the National WIC Association (NWA) have reviewed/revised the Nutrition Services Standards (NSS). The state nutritionists are reviewing the revised Nutrition Services Standards. We would like to have local agency involvement (one nutritionist from each of the 6 Districts) as we proceed with addressing these revised Standards. We are asking for a one volunteer from each of our 6 Districts: NW District, SW District, SE District, Eastern District, NE District and Central District. Our meetings will be via conference calls, 1 per month unless the group prefers to meet more often. We will have our 1st call in November. If you want more information, please discuss with your TA Nutritionist. Attached is a copy of the NSS. If you are interested in participating on the Task Force, please contact Phyllis Fuller at Phyllis.Fuller@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 2: WIC Conference T-Shirts: 40th Anniversary Shirts are still available for order, only $8.00. Please email size needed by November 7th to Brenda.Brewer@tmcmed.org

SUBJECT 3: Reminder: University of Minnesota National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Seminar Telecast. Nutrition Education Opportunity: WIC Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, and Public Health Nurses who serve pre-conceptual, pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women will want to take advantage of this full two-day National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Seminar shown on November 20-21, 2014 in Jefferson City. This year's continuing education program focuses on Substance Use, Nutrition and Maternal-Fetal Health;Substance Use Resource for Working with Pregnant and Postpartum Women; FASD: From Screening to Assessment;Street Drug Use Among Pregnant Women;Introducing Solid Food - Spoon-Fed, Baby-led - Which is Best?; Predictors of Obesity Among 4 Year Old Children;Neonatal Nutrition, Growth, and Neurodevelopment;Substance Use and Depression in Postpartum Women; Nutrition, Obesity and Male Reproductive Health; and Motivational Counseling: New Techniques. This training is presented by the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and will be shown by WICNS’ Nutrition Training Institute. Space is limited to 30 participants. You may register for the training here.

SUBJECT 4: Program for Dietetic Interns: The Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) is now taking applications for the 2015-2016 class year. Up to four interns will be chosen from the pre-select option. This is advantageous for eligible employees of local WIC providers. The deadline for the pre-select option is Dec. 15th. There is no fee for those interns who are employed by the MDHSS WIC program or employed by a Missouri Local WIC Provider. A $5,000 fee applies to all other interns. Be sure to use the application form, which is required (see attached). The Dietetic Internship Recommendation form is also attached for your use. For more information, visit our website. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Strickland at 800-392-8209 or vicki.strickland@health.mo.gov. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 5: Participate in the “Healthy People 2020” Process! Public Comment Now Open: USDA invites you to participate in the “Healthy People 2020” process.The public comment period is open now through November 7, 2014. Comment on proposed new objectives to be added to the following topic areas:

  • Early and Middle Childhood
  • Maternal, Infant, and Child Health
  • Tobacco Use

Attached gives information on how to comment on the “Healthy People 2020” process. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 6: 1-2-3-4-5 Fit-Tastic Campaign: The Missouri WIC Program has joined up with the 1-2-3-4-5 Fit-Tastic Campaign, a National Initiative out of Kansas City, MO based upon the Expert Committee Recommendations Regarding the Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity: Summary Report by Sarah E. Barlow, MD, MPH, and the Expert Committee.

The handouts work right along with our child nutrition assessment form (WIC-35) and will provide you with an easy way to educate moms, if questions #4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 11 on the WIC-35 are revealed to be an issue during the assessment process. They are available for your review through the link: http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/localagency/resourcespublications/

The English and Spanish versions will be available at the DHSS warehouse by the end of November, 2014. On October 28, 2014, local WIC Coordinators will receive the link to order printed materials for an initial shipment. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 7: WIC Low-Fat Milk Videos and Recipes: The WIC State office in collaboration with St. Louis Dairy Council has developed five cooking demonstration videos for the following recipes:

  • Buncha Banana Pudding
  • Corn Chowder
  • Creamy Banana Walnut Oatmeal
  • Fresh Fruit Pudding
  • Peach Pie Smoothie

The videos are available through the link below: http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wicretailer/foodlist/. Enjoy watching the videos and utilize them for nutrition education. If you have any questions and/or suggestions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 8: Missouri WIC Conference - Making a Difference: We want to thank you all for attending the conference. We hope everyone enjoyed the conference and left feeling appreciated and rejuvenated! As promised, we will have session slides and information provided by the speakers posted on the MWA website once they become available. We are including the Certificate of Attendance in this update and we will post it on the MWA website. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

WIC Positions

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist - City of St. Joseph Health Department. This position assists with administering the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program while following the policies and procedures established by the federal and state government and participates in the development and implementation of nutritional counseling and education for the local WIC Nutrition Program. No supervisory responsibilities, limited budgetary responsibilities, and coordinates nutrition and breastfeeding services provided to participants in the WIC Program. Minimum qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in a nutrition related field with at least 15 semester hours in food and nutrition; including at least one course in diet therapy and one course in community nutrition. College/university program must be American Dietetic Association (ADA) approved. For more information, click here and to apply on-line visit our website at www.stjoemo.info. Transcript must be submitted with the application. The City of St. Joseph Health Department is an equal opportunity employer.


Nutrition Services Standards
Dietetic Internship Program Application
Dietetic Internship Program Recommendation Form
Healthy People 2020
MWA Attendance Certificate 2014