January 8, 2007 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: General Guidelines for the Nutrition Education Report Form (WIC 49) and Examples
SUBJECT 2: Nutrition Education Resources to be mailed to LWPs
SUBJECT 3: Translated Versions of Nutrition Assessment Forms (Farsi, Russian, and Ukrainian)
SUBJECT 4: WIC Caseload Update for FFY07
SUBJECT 5: 2007 Client Services Enhancement Project Update

  1. General Guidelines for Nutrition Education Report (WIC 49) and Examples:  The attached document includes the following information:
    • General guidelines for Documenting Nutrition Education Contacts
    •  How To Complete the Nutrition Education Report (WIC 49)
    • Examples: Individual Chart (Examples #1 and #2) and Family Chart (Examples #3 and #4)

      Please share this with your staff. If you have any questions and/or suggestions on the new WIC 49 form, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  1. Nutrition Education Resources to be mailed to LWPs:  State Nutritionists regularly review newly published nutrition education resources and have selected a variety to provide for each LWP. These are basic tools you may use for addressing healthy lifestyles in our target population. All local WIC providers will receive the following nutrition resources in the mail:
    • Have Fun and Be Active DVD and Guidebook - This English/Spanish video/DVD and guidebook can be used to conduct lessons that engage children ages 1-5 in appropriate physical activity. Each agency will receive a video or DVD based on the recent survey for a MyPyramid video or DVD.
    • We Like To Move - This new children’s book encourages active play.
    • 5 A Day the Color Way Plan Books - Has recipes and information contained in the Color Way Plan book to prevent overweight.
    • A Healthier You Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans - This consumer-friendly resource will help persons understand and apply new guidelines for a healthy lifestyle regarding nutrition and physical activity.
    • Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 - Use this professional resource to understand and apply new guidelines for a healthy lifestyle regarding nutrition and physical activity.

      Let your District Nutritionist know about your favorite nutrition education resources. Suggestions for statewide distribution are always welcome and will be considered. For additional information you may contact Rita Arni at rita.arni@health.mo.gov.
  1. Translated Versions of Nutrition Assessment Forms (Farsi, Russian, and Ukrainian):  The following WIC Nutrition Assessment forms have been translated into various languages.
    • Nutrition Assessment Form for Women (WIC-36)
    • Nutrition Assessment Form for Infants  (WIC-37)
    • Nutrition Assessment Form for Children  (WIC 35)

      Attached are Farsi, Russian, and Ukrainian. The remaining translated versions of forms (Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Somali and Vietnamese) will be included in future WIC Updates as they become available. Please make copies as needed. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  1. WIC Caseload Update for FFY07:  The State WIC office tracks caseload monthly. We have received the December 06 caseload figures. The total number of participants served in December was 130,795, down from October and November. There are several possible reasons for the decline from November including bad weather, power outages and clinic closures for the holidays. We expect caseload to rise in January as it has historically. Included is the line graph showing total participants served monthly for each fiscal year beginning in 2000. We appreciate the dedicated efforts of local agencies to service WIC participants. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Lyn Konstant at Lyn.Konstant@health.mo.gov or Jim Schindler at James.Schindler@health.mo.gov.
  2. 2007 Client Services Enhancement Project Update:  2007 Client Services Enhancement Project has received 78 applications requesting $1,037,213. State staff is reviewing submissions and intends to announce the awards by February 1. It appears we will not have as many funds available for Enhancement Projects as we planned. WIC will prioritize funds to direct funds toward projects with the most potential to increase and maintain caseload. The federal budget remains on continuing resolution, and as a result the USDA has reduced the funds available for special projects. WIC will complete the application review and notify agencies about the award as soon as possible. Questions:  Kathleen Davis at Kathleen.Davis@health.mo.gov.

Attachments:
Nutrition Education Report Form WIC 49 Guidelines1-4-07
WIC-35 NA for Children Farsi
WIC-36 NA for Women Farsi
WIC-37 NA for Infants Farsi
WIC-35 NA for Children RU
WIC-36 NA for Women RU
WIC-37 NA for Infants RU
WIC-35 NA for Children UK
WIC-36 NA for Women UK
WIC-37 NA for Infants UK
Missouri WIC Caseload OCT-DEC 07