In 2011, ASTPHND's Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Council conducted an inventory to better understand the availability of nutrition services and resources for the women, children and families served by the Title V MCH Block Grant. As part of the 2011 Nutrition Services in State MCH Programs Inventory, states were asked if they had any MCH focused nutrition projects they would like to share. The MCH Nutrition Council is pleased to make these stories available to ASTPHND members.
Our first story profiled Suzanne Haydu and her work on the Birth and Beyond California Project. Our second story highlighted Donna Speed's work to train child care providers in Mississippi on the state's new nutrition guidelines. Donna criss-crossed the state to give child care providers tools to make meeting the stricter guidelines easy – and fun! In our third story, we featured Danielle Quigley and the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables Program in New York State. We then profiled Sandy Perkins and her work in Kansas to launch a Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative and Patricia Daniluk's efforts to create a new Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Unit within her branch. Now you can read about Alice Lenihan and Arnette Cowan's work in North Carolina to strengthen nutrition standards for child care centers.
We hope you enjoy and learn from these stories that describe what other MCH Nutrition professionals are doing in their states.