Nutrition

The WIC Farmer’s Market Program is back!

Just in time for summer, the WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) will begin soon. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, provides WIC participants with vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmer’s markets from June 1st through November 30th.

These vouchers provide additional opportunity to inform participants of the importance of eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. WIC Nutrition staff will distribute these $20 vouchers to participants, along with a list of nearby participating farmer’s markets. WIC participants, including children ages 1-5 as well as pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum mothers are eligible to receive these vouchers.

In addition to the health benefits for WIC participants, the WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program also supports over 1,000 community farmers. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program of Pennsylvania is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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.

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!

 

Back to School Wraps on PA Live!

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MFHS was back on PA Live last week making easy, tasty wraps for back to school lunches. Watch the video and then get our recipes below.

Easy Corn and Black Bean Wraps

Ingredients

1 bag (24 oz) frozen corn & butter sauce
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles
1/4 cup chopped green onions (4 medium)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
10 flour tortillas for burritos (8 inch)
10 tablespoons sour cream
10 tablespoons salsa
10 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

1 Cook frozen corn as directed on bag; cool.
2 In large bowl, mix corn, beans, chiles, green onions and lime juice. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
3 To serve, spoon about 1/2 cup corn mixture on each tortilla; top with 1 tablespoon each of sour cream, salsa and cheese. Fold up bottom; fold sides in to enclose filling.

Veggie Ranch Wraps

Ingredients:

10 flour tortillas for burritos (8 inch)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream cheese
¼ cup Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. Ranch dressing
1 tbsp. Freeze-dried chives
1 tsp. Onion powder
1 tsp. Garlic powder
¼ cup Red onion (chopped) – skip if you’re sensitive to onions
¼ cup Green onion (chopped)  – skip if you’re sensitive to onions
2 tbsp. Cucumber (chopped)
½ cup Cauliflower (chopped)
½ cup Broccoli (chopped)
½ cup Baby carrots (chopped)
2 tbsp. Black olives (chopped)

Directions:

1. Using mixer, combine cream cheese, chives, Greek yogurt, ranch dressing, onion powder, and garlic powder.
2. Add a layer of cream cheese spread to tortillas.
3. Sprinkle red onion, green onion, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and black olives.
4. Fold up bottom of tortilla; fold sides in to enclose filling.
5. Serve right away or refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve cold.

2016 Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Available for WIC Participants

Maternal and Family Health Services announces that the agency’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutrition Centers are distributing farmers’ market vouchers to WIC participants. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) helps families with nutritional needs buy fresh fruits and vegetables from Pennsylvania farmers to help ensure good health for mothers and children and support community farmers’ markets.

FMNP provides qualifying WIC participants with $20 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets between June 1 and November 30.  Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are eligible.

WIC Nutrition staff distributes the vouchers to WIC participants along with nutrition education emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and a list of participating farmers’ markets in the area.

The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  Across the Commonwealth, over 1000 farmers benefit from the program.

Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Lackawanna County Head Start Registration Now Open

Lackawanna County Head Start and Early Head Start registration is now open for the fall. Please visit the Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency to learn more and to enroll your child today.

For information about Head Start and Early Head Start in other Pennsylvania counties, please visit the PA Head Start Association Website.

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Happy Mother’s Day from MFHS

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May 2016 is WIC Month

WIC Month 2016Maternal and Family Health Services is celebrating the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program during WIC Month this May. During WIC Month, the state celebrates the positive impact WIC has on Pennsylvania families, and the dedication of WIC staff throughout the state that make this a successful health program.

WIC is the nation’s premier public health and nutrition education program with an overall goal to influence lifetime nutrition through positive health behaviors.  WIC offers pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under age 5 access to nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, immunization record checks, iron deficiency screening, farmers’ market vouchers, and referrals for other health and social services.

Maternal and Family Health Services was one of the first agencies in Pennsylvania to administer a WIC program, and one of the first 100 WIC pilot projects in the United States.  In 1974, the MFHS WIC Program served a monthly average of 634 participants.  Today, the MFHS WIC network serves 57,000 participants each month at 32 WIC Nutrition Center locations in 16 counties.  Across Pennsylvania, the WIC Program serves an average of 253,000 women, infants and children throughout the 67 counties.  Nationwide, WIC serves 8 million participants.

“WIC has evolved over the years and is now on the front lines of the national response to childhood obesity epidemic by using the nutrition education component of WIC to encourage healthy eating habits that last a lifetime,” said Bette Cox Saxton, President & CEO of Maternal and Family Health Services. “As MFHS celebrates the 40th anniversary of the WIC Nutrition Program, we seek continuous program improvement, look for opportunities to collaborate with community partners who share our mission of service and prevention, coordinate service delivery, and improve access to care.”

Click here to read the governor’s proclamation.

MFHS Awarded Moses Taylor Foundation Grant

logoThe Moses Taylor Foundation recently awarded a grant to MFHS to support our Health Information Technology Initiative, and specifically, the implementation of an electronic health record system. Adoption of an electronic health record will result in improved patient care, improved care coordination, practice efficiencies, cost savings, increased patient participation and improved diagnostics and patient outcomes.

Thank you to Moses Taylor for helping us improve patient care, care coordination, and so much more.

A full list of projects funded are available on the Mose Taylor Foundation website: http://www.mosestaylorfoundation.org/news/

PA Live Recipe: West African Vegetable Stew

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Did you catch MFHS Nutritionist Laurie on PA Live today? Want to make her delicious West African vegetable stew? Here’s the recipe for this healthy and tasty recipe:

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 45 Minutes
Servings: 6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sliced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch half slices
  • 1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins or Craisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Bouillon Paste
  • 14 ounces water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chick peas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped spinach

DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat oil in skillet. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is tender.
2. Add potatoes and tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes. Add raisins, cinnamon, red pepper, broth and water. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 15 minutes.
3. Add chickpeas and spinach. Heat through. Serve over cooked rice or couscous, if desired.