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Today Kicks off the Start of World Breastfeeding Week

By | August 1st, 2016|Prevention|

We will be celebrating World Breastfeeding Week August 1 through 7. The week is an opportunity to showcase the benefits of breastfeeding, and what international support looks like for pregnant and breastfeeding women all over the world from various organizations and community groups. We will be hosting an event called LATCH-AZ, which will offer breastfeeding education [...]

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Arizona WIC Program Selected for USDA Lean Six Sigma Process

By | January 21st, 2016|Prevention|

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is undertaking a Lean Six Sigma process improvement project for the development of the WIC state plan. Six Sigma is a data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating shortcomings in processes. USDA selected a variety of state agencies and regional offices to take part in the five-month project. The [...]

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CDC Vital Signs – Hospital Support for Breastfeeding

By | November 30th, 2015|Prevention|

Hospital support for breastfeeding has improved since 2007, both across the nation and here in Arizona, according to a recent Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In terms of hospitals implementing more than six of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, Arizona has gone from less than one in five [...]

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Arizona babies receive good grades in latest Report Card

By | November 5th, 2015|Prevention|

The March of Dimes released its 2015 Premature Birth Report Card today giving our state a “B” grade. New this year, the annual report card ranked state cities and revealed Arizona has a 9 percent preterm birth rate. The report card grades Arizona cities with the greatest number of births on their 2013 preterm birth rates. [...]

Arizona WIC Program Campaign “You Do a Lot” Helps Increase Participation

By | October 14th, 2015|Prevention|

Between April and September, the Arizona WIC Program's outreach efforts included a new project to increase awareness of the WIC Program and increase participation among eligible women, infants, and children. The project has been a success with an increase of more than 10,000 participants a month. In September, more than 153,000 individuals received WIC services [...]

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Nutrition Programs Approved by USDA

By | October 9th, 2015|Prevention|

We received notice from the United States Department of Agriculture that the state plans for both the Arizona WIC Program and the Arizona Nutrition Network were approved for federal fiscal Year 2016. While USDA has not yet finalized the budget for the coming year, the Arizona WIC Program was funded for more than $130 million [...]

Loving Support Gold Award of Excellence to Yavapai County

By | August 4th, 2015|General, Prevention|

  Director Cara M. Christ, MD, (center), along with WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Anne Whitmire, PHS Assistant Director Sheila Sjolander and Nutrition and Community Services Manager Linda Yee, present the award to Yavapai WIC Director Willa Miller (far right). Congratulations to Yavapai County Community Health Services WIC Program. They will be recognized for their [...]

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New Foods for WIC Families in Arizona

By | May 11th, 2015|General|

Getting kids to eat healthy is hard, especially for busy moms.  The Arizona WIC program now offers new foods to help families provide nutritious meals. Yogurt, whole wheat pasta, and new brands of cereal and baby foods for older babies are now available through the WIC program.  The full list of foods includes many fresh, frozen and canned vegetables, [...]

Obesity Rates Drop in Arizona WIC Program

By | March 20th, 2015|Prevention|

Fewer Arizona children are overweight or obese because of strides in nutrition and physical activity programs sponsored by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the work of partners and programs around the state.  The percentage of children two- to five- years old who were overweight or obese in the Arizona WIC Program has fallen [...]

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Obesity & Its Consequences

By | January 4th, 2015|Prevention|

Research in 2014 found increasing evidence that a person’s nutrition and physical activity in the first 5 years of life has a huge impact on the person’s weight and health status as an adult.  One study published in the New England Journal of Medicine this year suggested that overweight 5-year-olds are 300% more likely to [...]

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