SUBJECT 1: Flood Impact on WIC Local Agencies, Participants, and Staff
SUBJECT 2: wichealth.org Newsletter
SUBJECT 3: FY19 Revised and Discontinued Nutrition Risk Criteria – Implementation Monday, May 6, 2019

SUBJECT 1: Flood Impact on WIC Local Agencies, Participants, and Staff. In light of the recent and ongoing flood conditions in Missouri, we are asking all local agencies that are affected by flooding, or whose participants have been affected by flooding, to report this to your district technical assistance (TA) staff. Please let your TA staff know the extent of any impact and request assistance or resources, if needed. If your agency is in the line of flooding, please take time to reacquaint yourself with the Disaster/Emergency Preparedness policy (3.00500).

Additionally, DHSS has updated its flood recovery resource page.

Though primarily designed for state agencies developing disaster response plans, the USDA WIC Disaster Guidance document also contains useful information for local agencies. You can view the USDA WIC Disaster Guidance for coordinating emergency response here.

SUBJECT 2: wichealth.org Newsletter. Please see the March 2019 wichealth.org newsletter attached.
March Highlights

  • We are excited to introduce you to our newest tool, REAL WIC LIFE, a blog by wichealth. REAL WIC LIFE includes blog posts both from WIC clients as well as expert advice from both our staff dietitians and partner state dietitians. If you haven't seen the blog, be sure to check it out here: www.wichealthblog.org
  • Check out one of our newest pins on Pinterest! We are creating pins from blog posts featured on REAL WIC LIFE as well as wichealth recipes and other related topics. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest! It is an excellent source of information even beyond Health eKitchen’s recipe board
  • State Highlight: Vermont has been a wichealth partner since 2012.

Vermont had the highest rate of penetration with 18.5% of the WIC clients in the state completing at least one lesson. Staff members share nutrition education topics with families at their WIC appointments and help families choose an education topic that works for them. Jen Woodard, Public Health Nutrition Specialist stated that, “wichealth is the preferred method of nutrition education in Vermont” She added,“wichealth is mobile friendly, so clients can set up their accounts and complete lessons right from their phones.” Local agency staff follow up with families by text, phone, or mail to let them know when they have nutrition education due.

  • Lessons are being reviewed on a rotating basis to ensure links are working and content is compliant with current WIC guidelines. If any of our Spanish speaking partners are interested in reviewing a pathway in one of the lessons, please contact Libby at libiamorrow@gmail.com
    The following lessons were reviewed during the month of March:
    • Making Healthy Meals
    • Two Minutes Twice a Day
    • Build Strong Kids with Dairy
    • Start Your Infant on Solid Foods
    • Get FRESH at the Farmers Market

If you have any questions, please contact Rose Sipakati at rose.sipakati@health.mo.gov
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SUBJECT 3: FY19 Revised and Discontinued Nutrition Risk Criteria – Implementation Monday, May 6, 2019. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has announced revised and discontinued nutrition risk criteria. The changes in the USDA definitions/cut-off values and justifications do not impact system assignment of risk factors in MOWINS. Since the changes are minor, there will not be a webinar training or conference call before the implementation date of May 6, 2019. Please see the attached information sheet with a summary of changes to the USDA definitions/cut-off values and justifications. The USDA definitions and justifications will be posted on the WIC website on May 3, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact your district TA nutritionist.
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