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The March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign is proud to be a part of the dynamic changes and advancements in preconception health. We not only reflect the news, we create it. This page will spotlight items of interest to the public along with the latest events, announcements, media releases and press clippings from the NCPHC.

May 14, 2012
The March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign is participating in National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. The week starts on Mother’s Day, May 13, and continues until May 19. This year the Campaign is focusing on the importance of health behaviors and preventative care that can lead to healthier lives for women. “National Women...
January 9, 2012
Multivitamin use among women in North Carolina has increased significantly according to recent survey results. The percentage of women ages 18-45 who reported taking a multivitamin daily rose from 38 percent in 2008 to 43 percent in 2010, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey conducted by the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics. Taking a multivitamin is important for all women of childbearing age because it reduces their risk of having a pregnancy...
September 23, 2011
Leslie deRosset, MPH is completing the North Carolina Health Disparities Fellowship program, sponsored by the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund and the Duke Global Health Institute. As a fellow, deRosset, Latino Campaign Coordinator at the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign, is conducting research focused on postpartum weight loss among Hispanic women in Guilford County, utilizing the research and science-based curricula developed by Diane Berry, PhD, ANP-BC...
September 8, 2011
In 2010, the March of Dimes North Carolina Folic Acid Campaign began its transition to officially become the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign. The intent of this transformation was to broaden the Campaign’s mission beyond folic acid education to include other preconception health messages such as healthy weight and reproductive life planning. In 2010, the Campaign focused on preparations to launch a healthy weight initiative in 2011, including the development...
August 23, 2011
Health care professionals who provide education and support for women and families can help make sure these vunerable populations are well prepared in the event of a natural disaster. Find out if your place of employment has a disaster plan that meets the special needs of pregnant women and infants. To find out more about disaster plans, download the Six Key Elements for Every Disaster Plan from the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes has also provided the following documents that can be...
May 31, 2011
The March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign (NCPHC) recently launched a new website, everywomannc.com. The site provides comprehensive information about women’s health and preconception health.  Preconception health refers to a woman’s health before she becomes pregnant. It is important to know how health conditions and risk factors could affect a woman or her unborn baby if she becomes pregnant. Better preconception health improves the overall health of...
November 11, 2009
The North Carolina Folic Acid Campaign will add new health messages Over the past year, members of the North Carolina Folic Acid Campaign Executive Committee have laid the groundwork to expand our focus to include other preconception health messages. Preconception health addresses a woman’s health prior to conception and aims to reduce her health risks in order to improve the health of her future children. Folic acid is just one piece of the preconception health puzzle. Other important...
June 11, 2009
The North Carolina Folic Acid Campaign (NCFAC), partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to produce a new Spanish-language public service announcement (PSA) for television about the importance of taking folic acid every day to prevent neural tube defects. Over the last couple of years, the CDC produced several new print and radio PSAs based on formative research with the Hispanic community in the United States. Due to a limitation of funding, the CDC lacked a...

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