2020 Folic Acid Awareness Week

Health and Wellness Nutrition Education Pregnancy

The CDC recommends all women of reproductive age consume 400 mcg of folic acid, and pregnant women consume 600 mcg, each day to prevent two types of neural tube defects. Folic Acid Awareness Week, observed January 5-11, 2020, provides an opportunity to increase awareness and enhance your efforts to educate your WIC moms about the role folic acid plays in the prevention of congenital disabilities.

The legumes, whole grains, fruits (particularly citrus), vegetables (especially asparagus, brussels sprouts, and dark leafy greens), and breakfast cereals available to participants through the WIC program are good sources of folic acid, an essential B vitamin that's especially important for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.

You can find folic acid resources you can use and share with moms and moms-to-be on our Folic Acid – Education Materials and Information Resources page. These include facts sheets, an infographic, videos, podcasts, an interactive quiz and more! Many resources available in Spanish.

For those with a social media presence, a social media toolkit is available on the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) website, as are CDC and state health department resources in English and Spanish that include fact sheets, pamphlets (also available in Arabic), and an interactive food folate game

Explore the WIC Works Resource System to find addition resources related to folic acid and birth defects.

Folic Acid
Developed by: National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN)
HHS, CDC, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
HHS, Office on Women's Health