Lawrence County Health Department wishes WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children) a Happy 40th Anniversary. We congratulate all the dedicated staff who provide nutrition education and nutritious foods to WIC participants. WIC helps ensure healthy pregnancies and a great start to life for infants and young children. The Lawrence County Health Department is fully committed to the WIC program and the participants.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a national public health nutrition program under the USDA providing nutrition education, nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, and healthcare referrals for income-eligible women who are pregnant or post-partum, infants, and children up to age 5. WIC clinics provide:
Nutrition educationBreastfeeding promotion & supportHealthy foodsScreenings and referrals for healthcare and social services
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN WIC?
WIC is for low-income pregnant and post-partum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk.
Low-income: Applicants must have income at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines, or be enrolled in TANF, SNAP, or Medicaid.
Nutrition risk: Applicants are screened by health professionals for 1) Medically-based risks such as anemia, underweight, smoking, maternal age, history of pregnancy complications, or poor pregnancy outcomes and 2) diet-based risks such as not consuming the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommended amount of protein or iron in their diet.
WHAT ARE WIC-APPROVED FOODS?
WIC provides certain healthy foods to supplement the dietary needs of participants to ensure good health and development. See a list of WIC Foods, allowable alternatives, and the key nutrients they provide.
HOW IS WIC FUNDED?
WIC is a public health nutrition program under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is a domestic discretionary program funded annually through the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committee. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) drafts WIC’s annual budget proposal for the Federal fiscal year (Oct 1-Sept 30). Through the funding process Congress determines the level of funding that the Program will receive each year. Once the appropriation passes Congress and is signed into law, grants are provided to each state, and administered at the local level by county and city health centers, or private nonprofits.
WHAT WIC ARE HEALTH OUTCOMES?
Numerous studies show that WIC is effective and helps:
WHAT IS WIC'S HISTORY?
To learn more about WIC or to schedule an appointment, call the Lawrence County Health Department at 606-638-4389.
Fort Gay, W.Va. – Valley Health is pleased to announce that one of its practitioners, Daniel Brody, DMD, received the Indispensable Man Award from the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) Board of Directors at the 2013 National Primary Oral Health Conference, recently held in Denver, Colo.
The conference, which had more than 600 attendees, was sponsored by NNOHA, a national organization whose mission it is to improve the oral health of underserved populations and contribute to overall health through leadership, advocacy and support to oral health providers in safety-net systems.
Dr. Brody was honored for the “talent, dedication, wisdom, guidance, and friendship we cannot imagine doing without, and without which we cannot imagine the successes we have achieved,” said NNOHA President, Wayne W. Cottam, DMD, MS, Associate Dean for Community Partnerships for the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health at Still University of Health Sciences. Dr. Brody has been a member of NNOHA for 18 years and has served on the organization’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is also slated to chair the 2014 National Primary Oral Health Conference. Dr. Brody is an actively-practicing family dentist, who has been instrumental in developing the Oral Health Program at Valley Health during his 29-year tenure, through which he has served in many capacities. He provides comprehensive family dentistry services to both children and adults at Valley Health - Fort Gay.
# # # Valley Health Systems, Inc. has been a leader in quality healthcare since 1975. Providing primary and preventative care to southern West Virginia and southeastern Ohio through the more than 30 health centers and public health programs it operates across the region, Valley Health’s medical experts provide care in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health and dentistry. Valley Health also operates a full-service pharmacy and specializes in programs including Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition services, school-based health centers and programs for the homeless. Valley Health serves nearly 70,000 patients each year while maintaining its mission of providing quality health care to all individuals with an emphasis on reaching those who are underserved.
Drs. Harris, McCreary heading up program at LCHS...
By Angela Myhrwold and James Ellis
LOUISA -- Concussions are a serious risk for young athletes. Not only are teenagers more vulnerable to concussions, they’re also susceptible to second impact syndrome – when people receive a second concussive blow before fully recovering from the first – which can cause permanent brain damage and even death. Because of the threat of second impact syndrome, it’s imperative that young athletes are completely healthy before they return to the playing field.
To help remove the guesswork from return-to-play decisions, Lawrence County Football Team Physicians, Dr. Spencer Harris and Dr. Chad McCreary have become credentialed providers of ImPACT, a 20-minute neuropsychological testing program that measures memory and function brain speed. Used by NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB teams, ImPACT provides a tool that allows these physicians to compare pre and post-injury brain performance. Both doctors, who are family practice physicians, and members of the medical staff at Three Rivers Medical Center, are the credentialed ImPACT consultants.
Implemented with football and girls soccer this fall, teams and individuals can undergo baseline testing. If an athlete who’s been pretested is injured, he or she will take another version of the test, post-injury. Because concussion affects the speed in which people remember information and complete tasks, doctors can use the test result to objectively compare brain function before and after the injure.
“I was contacted by Greg Kiser, the CEO at Three Rivers Medical Center. He shared that TRMC would like to make a program available to our students that could benefit them in case the student suffered from a concussion,” said Lawrence County Superintendent Mike Armstrong of the program.
“This opportunity to collaborate, to the benefit of our student-athletes, is such a valuable relationship. The willingness of TRMC to invest in the health and well-being of our students ultimately benefits our students in their academic progress. This shared goal then benefits our entire community,” Armstrong said.
When used together with physical examinations and balance testing, ImPACT, can help doctors and other sports medicine personnel determine when student athletes can safely return to play. ImPACT is not a diagnostic tool or sole determinant of an athletes’ readiness, but it can give the team physicians a more complete picture of an athlete’s recovery.
“Our entire team was screened before the season. Dr. McCreary and Dr. Harris in conjunction with Three Rivers Medical Center provided their time and resources to ensure all our athletes were screened,” commented Lawrence County Head Football Coach Joe Cecil. “Anytime we can do something to further the safety measures for our student/athletes is extremely beneficial. The data we gather supplies a baseline, which if a concussion where to occur, gives us more information in making the return to play decision. This actually goes above and beyond the Kentucky Medical Associations return to play protocol and I am deeply appreciative of the support we have from our hospital and doctors.”
Three Rivers Medical Center CEO Greg Kiser credited Drs. Harris and McCreary for the program.
“Dr. Chad McCreary and Dr. Spencer Harris came to me during football season a couple of years ago and said they wanted to start this program and asked me to fund it. I said we will be glad to and do whatever it takes to continue this each year thereafter. I am very proud of these two physicians for stepping up and doing this for our kids… not just football but all contact sports,” Kiser said.
These physicians recognize the value of competition, but their first priority is the long-term health of student athletes. They use every tool at their disposal to ensure that young athletes are playing it safe in Lawrence County and are proud to introduce concussion management to the area.
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