June 19, 2014

Supporting Nursing Moms at Work

Although breastfeeding affords a multitude of benefits to both mother and infant, only recently have employers realized that supporting a mother’s decision to breastfeed can greatly benefit their businesses. Benefits include lower health care costs, lower absenteeism rates, lower turnover rates, and higher productivity and loyalty among employees. Learn more about employer solutions and other resources for breastfeeding at work.

Findings from the 2013 WIC Vendor Management Study

In 2012, 40 state WIC programs, including the District of Columbia, participated in the Food and Nutrition Service-funded 2013 WIC Vendor Management Study, conducted by Altarum Institute, to examine violations of program rules by participating vendors. Read more.

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior’s 2014 WIC Supplement

A supplemental issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior was published in May 2014 focusing on the WIC. The WIC supplement highlights studies and research that address the impacts of the new WIC food package, WIC nutrition education, and WIC nutritional intake.

CFAN’s Loren Bell Moderates SNAP-Ed Policy Forum

On May 13, 2014, Altarum Institute Fellow Loren Bell moderated a SNAP-Ed policy forum at the Washington Press Club. The forum, cosponsored by RTI International and Altarum, highlighted the findings and successes of recent SNAP-Ed program evaluations and facilitated a discussion on the role SNAP-Ed plays in promoting healthy eating on a limited budget.

Conference News

May 2014

CFAN participated in the National WIC Association’s 2014 Annual Education and Networking Conference, May 18–21, in Pittsburgh. Loren Bell and Linnea Sallack presented on WIC research during a plenary session attended by 500 conference participants.

June 2014

Share Our Strength and CFAN will present findings on the evaluation of Cooking Matters at the Store® at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s Annual Conference, June 28–July 1, in Milwaukee.

The HHS Office on Women’s Health, CFAN, and Every Mother, Inc. will launch Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions and exhibit at the Society of Human Resource Management’s Annual Conference and Exhibition, June 22–25, in Orlando.

September 2014

Doris McGuire and Cathy Carothers of Every Mother, Inc. will showcase Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions at the 2014 National WIC Association’s Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Conference, September 8–10, in Atlanta.

Partner Spotlight

The Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC program has been providing WIC services in the greater Los Angeles area for more than 30 years. Its 61 WIC centers provide WIC services to over 325,000 individuals per month. It is the largest local WIC agency in the country, serving 4% of the nation’s total and 23% of California’s total WIC participants.

Contact Information
Sarah Litton
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
202-772-5062
press@altarum.org

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