Breastfeeding Support & Advice

Two Opportunities to Match Your Gifts on #GivingTuesday 2018!

#GivingTuesday is November 27, 2018 – just two weeks away! MFHS is thrilled to announce that this year, there are even more ways for you to support us on #GivingTuesday, including two opportunities to have your gift matched! Here is the complete breakdown of everything that’s happening this year for #GivingTuesday!

  • AllOne Charities is hosting its first matching gift fundraiser for 31 non-profits across Northeast Pennsylvania for #GivingTuesday! All donations made on the AllOne site for MFHS will be matched up to $1000. Even better, AllOne is celebrating #GivingTuesday by matching gifts for an entire week! Any donations made from November 21st – 28th are all eligible to be matched! Visit the AllOne match day page starting on Wednesday the 21st to make your matching gift.
  • Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match gifts on #GivingTuesday. This year, they will match a total of 7 million dollars worth of donations! Each participating non-profit can get up to $250,000 matched, and each individual donor can give a gift up to $20,000 that will be matched. In 2017, matching dollars on Facebook ran out early, so we are asking anyone interested in donating on Facebook to make your gift early. The closer to 8 AM EST on November 27th, the better! You can donate directly on our Facebook page by clicking the blue donate button. You can also create a Facebook Fundraiser for MFHS by visiting our page here, and all gifts made in fundraisers are also eligible for matching dollars.
  • Download your MFHS UNselfie sheet and tell us why you give to MFHS! Last year, our donors, friends, family and staff all shared why they support MFHS and why they give, #FamilyToFamily. We shared the pictures across social media, and they were a huge hit! Help us do it again by snapping your picture and sending them to us on Facebook, or by posting them on Facebook with our hashtag.

August 1st-7th is World Breastfeeding Week!

Starting Wednesday, August 1st, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) will host World Breastfeeding Week 2018, a global initiative aimed at educating and promoting the multifaceted benefits of mothers breastfeeding their babies. The three areas of emphasis regarding this year’s World Breastfeeding Week are “(1) preventing malnutrition in all its forms, (2) ensuring food security, even in times of crisis, and (3) breaking the cycle of poverty.” These three focal points are significant ways that breastfeeding can have a positive impact on societies across the globe.

Breastfeeding is a cost-free, environmentally-free way to give your baby all the nutrition he or she needs. Breastfeeding has a significant positive impact on both mother and baby, with health, social, and economic benefits. Some of the health benefits for baby include prevention of malnutrition and increased immunity from certain illnesses; other benefits are improved intelligence and emotional bonding with the mother. Benefits for a breastfeeding mother include reduced risk of certain cancers and hypertension. WABA, and related organizations like UNICEF, advocate for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by supplementing until 2 years of age.

At Maternal and Family Health Services, we foster a positive, judgment-free environment in which new moms can learn how to safely breastfeed their babies. All MFHS WIC Nutrition Centers provide clients with breastfeeding education and support. And numerous WIC Nutrition locations participate in the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. This program gives breastfeeding WIC moms the opportunity to receive support and tips from a former client who previously breastfed and is now a passionate advocate. We strive to inform families in Northeast Pennsylvania about breastfeeding as the perfect infant food, and change public perceptions about breastfeeding.

 

Thank You Sun Buick GMC for Sponsoring our 2018 Hole-In-One Contest

Pictured: Jim Schilling, MFHS Development & Communications Officer, and Lori Guitson, Owner, Sun Buick GMC.

Sun Buick GMC, Moosic, is sponsoring the hole-in-one contest at the Maternal and Family Health Services 25th Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 14, at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top.

The hole-in-one prize is a 2018 Buick Regal TOUR X and will go to the lucky golfer at the MFHS Tournament who gets a hole-in-one on hole 9 of the Ridge course.

For more information about golf and sponsorship opportunities, e-mail golf@mfhs.org or call 1-800-367-6347.

UPDATED: Weather Alert March 7 & 8, 2018

Due to the inclement weather and Governor Wolf declaring a state of emergency, MFHS offices  will be closed Wednesday March 7th, and will not open until 9 am on Thursday March 8th, in order to give crews time to clean the roads. Our offices will be open Wednesday morning, but if there are changes as the storm arrives, we will post updates here.

If you have an appointment at any of our locations on the 7th or 8th and won’t be able to make it due to the weather, please call your local office, or our administration office at 570-826-1777, and we will be happy to help you reschedule your appointment.

Save the Date: MFHS Healthy Heroes Walk!

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On June 16th at PNC Field, MFHS will be participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Joined by 11 other local nonprofits, we will be celebrating kids helping kids through our Healthy Heroes Walk. We encourage walkers to come dressed as their favorite superheroes, and come ready to have fun!

This exciting event features not only a 5k walk, but also a 1 mile walk and a variety of fun family activities and prizes. We will have face painting, balloon animals, mascots, snacks, and so much more! You can read more about what MFHS has planned here, and keep checking back as we are still adding details!

100% of funds raised for this event will go towards supporting families served by MFHS. Click here to register a team of your family and friends, and come out to walk for women and children in our community.

UPDATED: Weather Delay – January 17, 2018

UPDATE: The Hazleton WIC center is closed for Wednesday, January 17th.

All MFHS locations will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, due to the predicted snow fall. Staff at your local offices will work with you to reschedule any appointments that need to be changed. Please stay safe and warm!

Healthy Pep Rally Snacks on PA Live!

MFHS Nutrition Education Coordinator Laurie Waskovich was back on PA Live! last week, cooking up some fun, easy recipes for their special Pep Rally Friday edition of the show. Laurie’s recipes are perfect for getting together with friends to watch football, either at the tailgate or at home! Both recipes got the seal of approval from the Coughlin High School cheerleaders and band, who were in the studio drumming up some school spirit before their game later that night.

You can watch both clips below, then grab the recipes and try them yourself!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup Buffalo hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, water, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add cauliflower florets and toss to coat. Spread evenly onto cookie sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, flipping once. Remove from the oven.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together melted butter and buffalo sauce. Add baked cauliflower and toss to coat. Spread evenly onto cookie sheet. Place back in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until crispy, flipping once.
  4. Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve with your favorite dressing and enjoy!

Crispy BBQ Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

BBQ Seasoning:

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread rinsed chickpeas out on a dishtowel or some paper towels and pat until they are all dry. Pick off any loose chickpea skins. Add the olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss to coat. Roast chickpeas for 20-30 minutes, or until crispy and starting to brown. Toss chickpeas or shake the tray every so often.
  2. While the chickpeas are baking make the BBQ seasoning. Add all of the seasonings into a small bowl and mix until combined.
  3. As soon as the chickpeas come out of the oven add the BBQ seasoning and mix until all chickpeas are coated. Roasted chickpeas taste best when warm and directly out of the oven, but can be enjoyed when they are cool as well. They just won’t be as crispy.

Join us for a happy hour FUNdraiser on August 23rd

Join MFHS and our friends at Rodano’s Wednesday, August 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 for a happy hour with a purpose! All proceeds raised will benefit our Nurse-Family Partnership holiday party. Our NFP staff throws the party every year for our clients – families receive gifts for their children, dinner, and pictures with Santa, all thanks to generous donations from the NEPA community.

The happy hour features no cover, raffle baskets and guest bartenders. All tips and a portion of sales will be generously donated by Rodano’s! Please join us on August 23rd and help us spread the word!

 

MFHS seeking nominations for 2016 Rose Allan Tucker Award

tuckerMaternal and Family Health Services is seeking nominations for the Rose Allan Tucker Award, which will be presented at the agency’s 45th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on October 19th at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.

The late Rose Tucker was a former Luzerne County Commissioner and long-time employee of MFHS.  She dedicated her life to public service as a community leader, political activist, health advocate, and champion for women, children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  She opened doors for women to take leadership roles in the community and extended herself to help those in need.

Since 1996, MFHS has celebrated her legacy by presenting the Rose Tucker Award to a person who demonstrates a deep commitment to improving the quality of life for women, children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  With her passing in 2009, the Rose Tucker Award has taken on even greater significance as it helps keep her legacy alive and serves as a reminder of Rose Tucker’s great contributions to the community.

Nominees for the award should demonstrate a long-term commitment to improving the quality of life in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and a significant positive impact on the health and welfare of women, children and families.

Nomination forms are available on our website  or by calling 1-800-367-6347.  Deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2016.

WIC Nutrition Program Expands Income Guidelines

Maternal and Family Health Services announces that the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program has expanded income guidelines allowing more families to participate in the free nutrition education program.

According to the new income guidelines for WIC, beginning on July 1, 2016, a family of four could earn $44,955 annually and qualify for WIC. For a family of three, the income limit is $37,296 to qualify, and a family of two can earn up to $29,637 and qualify for nutrition assistance.  A complete list of income guidelines is below.

The WIC Nutrition Program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides nutrition education and access to healthy foods for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, as well as infants and children under 5.  To qualify, participants must meet the income guidelines, have a nutritional or medical need, and live in Pennsylvania.  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

WIC provides participants with supplemental healthy foods which contain vital nutrients essential for healthy development during critical growth periods, such as pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.

WIC is the nation’s premier public health and nutrition education program with an overall goal to influence lifetime nutrition through positive health behaviors.  In addition to vouchers for nutritious foods, WIC participants receive nutrition education, breastfeeding support, immunization record checks, iron deficiency screening, farmers’ market vouchers and referrals for other health and social services.

2015-2016 WIC Income Guidelines

Family SizeAnnually (Before Taxes)
1$21,978
2$29,637
3$37,296
4$44,955
5$52,614
6$60,273

 

For each additional family member add:  $7,696