May 31, 2011 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Pediatric Nutrition Handbooks, 6th Edition, American Academy of Pediatrics
SUBJECT 2: New Food Icon Unveiled by USDA
SUBJECT 3: May WIC Invoices

  1. Pediatric Nutrition Handbooks, 6th Edition, American Academy of Pediatrics:  Extra Pediatric Nutrition Handbooks are available for local WIC providers.
    On June 6, 2011, local WIC nutrition coordinators will receive an e-mail message with a link to the survey monkey to take requests.  Please complete the survey by June 13, 2011.  If you have any suggestions and/or questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  2. New Food Icon Unveiled by USDA - WASHINGTON, May 26, 2011 – NEXT WEEK, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will unveil a new food icon that will serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices.

    The 2010 White House Child Obesity Task Force called for simple, actionable advice to equip consumers with information to help them make healthy food choices.  As a result, USDA will be introducing the new food icon to replace the MyPyramid image as the government’s primary food group symbol.  It will be an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  MyPyramid will remain available to interested health professionals and nutrition educators in a special section of the new website.

    The new food icon will be part of a comprehensive nutrition communication initiative that provides consumers with easy-to-understand recommendations, a new website with expanded information, and other tools and resources. http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDAOC-7f4bb.

    If you have questions, please contact your District Nutritionist.

  3. May WIC Invoices:  WIC Invoices for May 2011, and prior months, submitted for payment in the month of June must be submitted through the Online WIC Invoicing System by close of business on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.  Invoices submitted after that date will be held and paid in July, 2011.  This change in schedule complies with the close of State Fiscal Year 2011 payment processing deadlines.  If you have questions please contact Laura Weiler at Laura.Weiler@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.