CWA Flash E-Newsletter - January 30, 2018
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Unemployment Assistance
Being unemployed is never easy, and it's even harder when winter brings higher utility bills and holiday expenses. Use our  WIC Can Help  page to refer families to unemployment resources, including family leave assistance.
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More Sleep, Less Sugar
Listen up, night owls: If you're sleeping six or fewer hours per night, you're not doing your health any favors. A new study finds that getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night may help you tame your sweet tooth.
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State of the State
Gov. Jerry Brown gave his final State of the State Address earlier this month. He spent much of the address defending key projects and policies of his administration: the bullet train project, Delta tunnel plan and criminal justice reforms. He also addressed continuing devastation from natural disasters, predicting that the destruction would increase with climate change, and reiterating California's leadership on environmental protection and study. Notably absent from the Address were mention of California's housing crisis, rising homeless rates, or the recent sexual harassment scandals in the Legislature.
Continuing Resolution Ends Shutdown
Last week, following the government shutdown, President Trump signed a 3 week Continuing Resolution (CR) approved by the Senate and the House, which will keep the government funded through February 8. A deal was reached when Senate leaders, including Majority Leader McConnell, agreed that an immigration bill would be brought for a vote before Feb 8. The most recent CR includes language to extend CHIP for six years, but does not include a renewal of funding for other health care programs, such as the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program or Community Health Center program. Congress will still need to pass a broader omnibus bill for fiscal year 2018, and unless budget caps are raised any spending bill could trigger automatic cuts to domestic and military spending.
New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division
The Trump administration announced a new division within DHSS devoted to "conscience and religious freedom." The work of the new division, which falls under the Office of Civil Rights, may pave the way for health care workers to refuse giving specific types of care, like contraception or abortion, based on their religious beliefs. Critics say the move could hurt civil rights protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people, and hurt patient care. This move follows President Trump's signing of an executive order last May " Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty," with the goal of enforcing protections for religious freedom and amending the Affordable Care Act's regulations that require the coverage of contraception. In October, the Trump administration rolled back the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate allowing employers to deny birth control coverage if they have a religious or moral objection.

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Save $ on the CWA Conference!
There's less than a month left to take advantage of the early bird registration discount for CWA's 26th Annual Conference and Trade Show, April 29-May 2 in San Diego. You won't want to miss the inspiring plenary speakers and five tracks of concurrent workshops your planning committee of peers has put together to showcase ways WIC can be a Bridge to Health. Network with your colleagues and get up to speed on quality early-years nutrition and breastfeeding support, worksite wellness and leadership, strengthening families to address challenges, innovation and collaboration, and more. ACTION: Review the latest agenda and events, and register by February 23!

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California Child and Family Nutrition Programs Report
It is not easy to make ends meet in California especially for young low-income families. Parents can be faced with tough decisions over how to feed their family and also pay other bills. Inadequate nutrition in the prenatal and early years can result in long term poor outcomes for children. Better Together: Optimizing Nutrition Access in the Earliest Years, a report from CA Food Policy Advocates, lays out the need to maximize dual enrollment in WIC and CalFresh. It makes the case for streamlined program applications, greater use of program benefits resulting in longer participation, more robust referral systems between Medi-Cal, Cal Fresh and WIC, establishing program participation standards, and tapping best practices, such as access to fresh produce in farmers' markets.
Breastfeeding Tied to Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Breastfeeding may reduce a woman's risk for Type 2 diabetes, a new study reports. Data from 1,238 women revealed that breastfeeding for up to six months was associated with a reduced risk for diabetes of 25 percent; breastfeeding for six to 12 months was tied to a 48 percent reduced risk; and breastfeeding for 12 months or more with a 47 percent risk reduction. The associations held for obese women and for those who had had gestational diabetes, both strong risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. There are several plausible mechanisms, the researchers say. For example, lactating women have lower circulating glucose, and lactation may help preserve the function of the cells that produce insulin.
Mothers of Obese Children More Direct With Eating Restrictions
In a small new study, researchers found caregivers of children with obesity may be more likely to use direct statements to restrict a child's eating. Researchers videotaped 237 mothers with children ages 4-8 who were seated alone in a room and presented with different types of foods. Direct commands like "only eat one" were more often used among mothers of children with obesity while eating dessert, according to the findings published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Meanwhile, mothers of children who did not have obesity were more likely to guide children with indirect comments such as, "That's too much. You haven't had dinner." Although current child obesity guidelines don't address parent-child communication, in other areas of child development direct and firm imperatives are linked with improved child compliance and behaviors. Researchers plan to further study what language and communication tactics are most effective in encouraging healthy eating among children.

Men & Dads Toolkit Updated
Many of you have found CWA's Engaging Men and Dads at WIC Toolkit useful for including the whole family in breastfeeding support, parenting, and other important roles. We recently discovered the entire first section (Engage & Train WIC Staff) was missing from the combined file on our website, although each section of the toolkit was still available for separate download. Please download, print, or share the link for this updated file, or the one in our Publications Library. We hope you continue to find the entire toolkit a valuable resource, in addition to the webinar and workshop archives, when engaging fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other key male adults in young children's lives.
National WIC Association + ACOG Partnership Launch!
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National WIC Association have launched a partnership website, highlighting the collaboration between ACOG and NWA through the Community Partnership for Healthy Mothers and Children (CPHMC). NWA is partnering with ACOG and 32 local WIC agencies to reduce and prevent chronic disease by improving access to healthy food environments and to prevention and disease management  services, like WIC. The website features success stories on CPHMC's impact, and provides physicians with information on how WIC's community resources can help provide follow up and care continuity for patients.
#SpeakForHealth Campaign
The American Public Health Association has launched the #SpeakForHealth campaign, designed to provide a new way for the public health community to communicate the importance of public health work to their elected officials. You can be a part of the campaign by printing a #SpeakForHealth sign and taking a photo to post on social media explaining why you support public health and why these efforts must not be silenced. Use the hashtag #SpeakForHealth. You can also use APHA's action tool to share a pre-written and customizable letter with your representatives.

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