Nutrition

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.

Healthy Fall Cooking on PA Live

Did you miss our Nutrition Education Coordinator Laurie Waskovich, RD, on PA Live yesterday? Watch the video above to see what she was cooking up in their kitchen. Thank you Laurie for sharing these great recipes!

Maternal & Family Health Services Announces 44th Annual Meeting & Community Awards Luncheon

2015inviteMaternal & Family Health Services, Inc. (MFHS) announces that its 44th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and Community Awards Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at The Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. The agency will be presenting several awards, including the Rose Allan Tucker Award to Ellen E. Farrell of Prudential Retirement.

Maternal & Family Health Services began its journey of service in April 1971, with a vision to improve the quality of family life, promote responsible parenthood and coordinate effective service delivery in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Today, MFHS has grown to a regional organization serving over 110,000 individuals in 16 Pennsylvania counties.

The Rose Tucker Award is being presented to Ellen E. Farrell of Prudential Retirement for her continued dedication to improving the lives of women and families in Northeast Pennsylvania. Ellen has long been involved with community organizations like Dress for Success, Children’s Advocacy Center, the CEO Food Bank and many others. She has led events for these organizations that support her passion to help those underserved in our community.

Three other awards will be presented during the MFHS 44th Annual Community Awards Luncheon. Luzerne County Head Start will be receiving the Outstanding Community Partner Award. The Outstanding Service Award is being presented to Marc Rabin, M.D. Finally, Barbara Bossi of Geisinger-CMC will be receiving the MFHS Champion Award.

The public can download the Annual Meeting invitation via the MFHS website. The luncheon reception is $25. Program advertising opportunities are also available.