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May 21, 2012

WIC Futures Study Group

The WIC Futures Study Group met on May 3, 2012.  Click here for the meeting report.  If you have any questions please contact Joan Bowsher 406-444-4747.  All supporting documents can be found on the WFSG page of the WIC Website http://wic.mt.gov.

M-SPIRIT Training

The M-SPIRIT training will go over all major enhancements and bug fixes for the June release. The training will be held via Web Ex. The State staff presentation will not last longer than two hours however three hours are scheduled to make sure there is ample time to answer all questions.
Please schedule staff to participate in one of the following trainings.

Thursday, May 31st, 9am - 12 pm

Tuesday, June 5th, 9am - 12 pm

Participation Report

Click here for the April report.

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Conference Call

The next BPCP conference call is set for 9:00am on June 12, 2012. If you have agenda items, please send them to Chris Fogelman.

April Time Study Update

April time studies were due to Bernadette by May 7th.  The agencies with missing time studies are:  Custer, Flathead, Riverstone, Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy.  Submitting time studies by the deadline is mandated by Federal Regulations and is noted as a deficiency on your agency monitoring checklist. 

Farm Direct

The 2012 market season is here! All farmers highlighted on the Local Agency Training Tracker are in need of their annual training, which must be completed before they can redeem any WIC FMNP benefits or FVB's.

The Authorized Farmer List contains all farmers (those highlighted have not been trained) and the counties and markets they plan to sell in. Remember, WIC participants may redeem their Fruit & Vegetable Benefit with any authorized farmer, anywhere in the state. Use the tabs at the bottom of the file to locate farmers in your area.

Links added to WIC Website

There are two new links posted on the Montana WIC website under "Breastfeeding Information." One is a link to the Loving Support website. The other is a link to the CDC website for proper handling and storage of human milk.

Pop Quiz Winner

Congratulations to Maria Stolle of the Lewis & Clark WIC Agency. Maria knew that the five steps you take to properly change an infant's breastfeeding amount is to:
1) Go into mom's record 2) Select the the "Health Information" tab 3) Select "Infants Born From This Pregnancy" button 4) Edit the infant record accordingly 5) Enter today's date for "Date Breastfeeding Verified"

Pop Quiz

After an infant’s breastfeeding status changes, how do you go about correcting the food package for both mom and baby? (3 very important steps)
The Helpdesk may be calling one of you this week to answer this question!

Share Our Strength Grants

Share Our Strength is offering grants to support grocery store tours. Consider partnering with another group to cosponsor the tours. A previous newsletter contained information about the tours and how to obtain a script and materials. The deadline is June 15, 2012. For more information, click here.

Obesity Report

Earlier this month, the Institute of Medicine released the report “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation”. For more information about the report click here.

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