Health and Wellness
2021 National Safety Month
Healthy, Well and Safe
National Safety Month provides an opportunity to reinforce the importance of several safety issues that are key to safeguarding the health and wellness of participants. Below, find safety-related resources for learning and sharing.
Recent Topics of Interest
COVID – 19
While COVID-19 vaccinations have been increasing and cases have been dropping in the United States, it’s important to remain diligent. Though the overall risk of severe illness is low, those who are pregnant are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The resources highlighted below can help you keep your participants informed of the latest information and recommendations.
- How COVID-19 Spreads
- Food shopping
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding (includes vaccination information and recommendations)
- Recommendations for those who are fully vaccinated (and what ‘fully vaccinated' means)
CDC data show that fewer children got vaccines on time this year compared to last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Such declines in vaccination coverage might leave young children and communities vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles. Well-child visits have also declined since the COVID-19 pandemic. These visits are an important venue for counseling, as well as vaccine administration and documentation. You can use these resources in your education and referral efforts:
- The Immunization Schedules for Children and Adults can help you identify if your participants are up to date on their immunizations, or need a reminder (and/or referral).
- Other immunization resources, including a booklet for parents and parents-to-be and guidance for WIC staff.
Toxic Metals in Baby Food
On February 4, 2021, the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform subcommittee released a report regarding toxic metals in baby foods. Since then, the FDA has released and highlighted a number of related resources, including:
- Responses to questions about levels of toxic elements in baby food
- What can be done to limit exposure to arsenic
- Metals and Your Food
- A letter to baby and toddler food manufacturers and processors
- An action plan, “Closer to Zero”, for reducing exposure to toxic elements, including lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury, from foods for babies and young children.
Children, along with pregnant and breastfeeding women are among those at risk for lead poisoning. Exposure can lead to serious health effects in a developing fetus, children and adults. Common sources of lead include lead-based paint and lead-contaminated drinking water, as well as items imported from other countries, such as consumer products, foods, cosmetics and traditional medicines.
- Protect Against Lead Exposure with WIC Foods
- Fight Lead Poisoning with a Healthy Diet
- Well Fed Means Less Lead
Getting adequate amounts of iron, vitamin C, and calcium are thought to help prevent lead poisoning in children and adults.
Other Safety Resources to Promote Health and Wellness
- Reducing the Risk of Choking in Young Children at Mealtimes
- Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Summertime Food Safety
- General Food Safety Education Materials and Information
- General safe food handling as well as food safety specific to the WIC population, including Human Milk Storage (and Storing and Thawing Breast Milk from the WIC Breastfeeding Support site)
- Choosing, Using and Cleaning Breast Pumps
- Substance Use and Medication Safety
- Substance Use Prevention Guide
- Alcohol Use and its Impact on Women's Health
- Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding FAQs
You can find more safety-related resources on WIC Works by using the Health and Wellness filter or searching “safety” as well as “2021” to find other related health observances, such as:
- Children's Mental Health Awareness Week/Mental Health Month
- National HIV Testing Day
- National Minority Health Month
- …and more!
In addition to health and wellness safety, you can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, available in Spanish, which includes a link to their Kids and Babies resource page that includes safety guides, alerts, recalls and downloadable posters.
HHS, CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
HHS, Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency