At Go Folic! we thought that March would be the perfect time to launch our blog since it’s National Nutrition Month. A project of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, we’re working to make it easier for San Francisco women to get enough folic acid in their diet. We’re doing this through education and by providing free, high-quality multivitamins to women, ages 14-44, who might otherwise not be able to afford them.
What is folic acid?
Folic acid is an important B-Vitamin that our bodies use to manufacture healthy cells. All of us need folic acid. It’s especially important during periods of rapid growth, for instance during the teen years and during pregnancy. It can be hard to get all of the folic acid we need from food, which is why we encourage women to take a daily multivitamin with folic acid.
This is because it may improve the quality of a woman’s hair, skin and nails. A growing number of studies are finding that it may support a healthy heart and reduce a woman’s risk for colon, breast and cervical cancer. Taking a daily multi-vitamin with folic acid at least 3 months before getting pregnant can help women have a healthier baby.
What can you expect from the Go Folic! blog?
We’ll update you on Go Folic! events and contests. Our research corner will break down some of the current research related to women’s health and nutrition. We like to eat! So our food section will feature healthy recipes, San Francisco Farmer’s market reviews and more information. We’ll open up discussion of issues related to women’s health and wellness. And we’ll introduce you to our staff and volunteers. We’ll also feature women from the community, who like you, are trying to live healthier lives.
Go Folic! Women’s Nutrition Project