Looking Back: Folic Acid Awareness Week Activities Across the Globe

National Council on Folic Acid Logo

If you are already a reader of this blog, you are aware that last week, Go Folic! participated in Folic Acid Awareness Week (January 6-12, 2013) with a number of activities and events, including vitamin give-aways.  However, we were only one of many organizations across the globe that used last week to promote this important B-Vitamin.  In this post, we’d like to feature some of our favorite FAAW “compadres.”

Some of Our Favorite U.S. Organizations

Every Woman California logoEvery Woman California is an initiative of the Preconception Health Council of California.  The group works with health care providers and communities to improve the physical, emotional and social well-being of reproductive-age women.  Their website includes excellent information on women’s health topics, such as financial health, emotional wellbeing, and folic acid.  It also includes extensive tools for health providers and serves as a state-wide clearing house for agencies involved in promoting women’s wellness, including Go Folic!  Follow EWC on twitter @PHCCalifornia.

Every Woman North CarolinaEverywoman North Carolina was among the first organizations in the U.S. to operate a vitamin distribution program.  They have now expanded to include more general information on women health, and steps women can take before getting pregnant to have a healthy baby (preconception health).  Their Folic Acid Awareness Week’s twitter feed #NFAAW, was full of useful information and tips regarding folic acid.

Some of Our Favorite International Organizations

The logo of Go Folic! UK! We view Go Folic! UK as a “sister” organization.  A project of the Scottish Spina Bifida Association, the oworks to “find new ways to increase folate intake to prevent Neural Tube Defects (NTD) of which spina bifida is the most common.”  Their website contains a wealth of great information, as does their YouTube channel, which posts numerous videos about children and adults who are living with NTDs.  For the most recent news on folic acid, their Go Folic! Daily is the best English-language source we’ve found. Oh, and we love their catch phrase, “Folic Before You Frolic.”

The Micronutrient Initiative's programs in Nepal help pregnant women get the folic acid and iron that they need to have healthy babies.The MicroNutrient Initiative is the leading international organization working exclusively to eliminate vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the world´s most vulnerable populations. It’s iron and folic acid supplementation program in Nepal supports projects to fortify cereal flours with folic acid and other essential micronutrients as well distributing iron and folic acid supplements to pregnant women through community health volunteers. This program reduced anemia rates in pregnant women from 75% to 42%!  Click here to learn more. It was through MNI that we learned about India’s new campaign to provide adolescent school children with iron and folic acid supplements.

Our Favorite Blog Post of the Week

Ashley Aleksey, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in food chemestry, maintains a blog titled Atoms and Empty Space: Breaking the Silence on Mental Illness.  In observance of Folic Acid Awareness Week, she published a great post on the link between folic acid, folic acid deficiency, depression, and  mental health.  This is a “must read” for anyone who is interested in how folic acid impacts mental well-being.

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