This is important news for any woman who might become pregnant and it makes sense, since our bodies require B-12 to process folic acid. And it’s one more reason to Go Folic! with a multi-vitamin. The study that this recommendation is based on recommends that women supplement with at least 2.5 mcg of B-12 everyday. Go Folic! Multis, which San Francisco women can get for free from the health department contain 6 mcg. If you don’t live in San Francisco, any multivitamin with 100% of the RDA will have this amount.

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.

Before You Frolic…Go Folic! – Celebrate the Launch of Go Folic! UK!


Everyone around the world is talking about the importance of folic acid!

This week the UK launched their own Go Folic! folic acid awareness campaign. We are so proud that this message is spreading across the globe and that women around the world are learning about the benefits of folic acid.

At the launch Lisa Cain from the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus gave a moving speech. She urges women to “take Folic Acid  BEFORE you become pregnant-many of us would not have had to face the lifelong challenges that we and our parents did. We’d have been the same people, the same babies, but born healthy. This is why I believe  ‘Go Folic!’ that we are launching today is the first step on a campaign of monumental importance to this and future generations.

Please, join us and whatever else you do from now on Go Folic!!”

The new program was given a full ceremony at Parliament in London. Public Health Minister Ann Milton, MP also came out to support Go Folic! UK. We wish we could have been there and wish them all the best from San Francisco!

Read more about the launch here, and check out their great quiz to test how much you know about folic acid.

Foodie Tuesday – Full English Breakfast


Tomorrow is a big day!  The UK Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus is lauching their Go Folic! Program at Parliament.  In celebration of that, the Go Folic! in San Francisco is posting this folate rich English Breakfast recipe to share with you.

Remember to check back this week for more information on the event.

Full English Breakfast

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 6 good-quality pork and leek sausages
  • 4 field mushrooms, wiped
  • 2 small tomatoes – scored on top
  • 250g smoked dry cured back bacon
  • 170g black pudding, sliced
  • 1 x 420g can of baked beans
  • 2 knobs of butter
  • 6 eggs, preferably free-range or organic, cracked into a bowl and beaten
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ a loaf of thick-sliced bread, for toasting

Procedures:

  • Preheat the grill to high. Set the oven to its lowest heat and pop 2 plates in it to keep warm.Put the sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes, scored-side up, on to a large grill pan and place under the grill, about 5cm from the heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, turning the sausages once or twice.
  • Add the bacon and black pudding to the pan and grill for 5 minutes, turning halfway through cooking, until they are cooked and crispy. Put the baked beans in a saucepan and warm gently for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Place a non-stick saucepan over a low heat. Melt 1 knob of butter in the pan, add the eggs, season to taste and stir gently until just scrambled. Remove from the heat. Put the bread in the toaster, and arrange the sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes with the bacon, black pudding and beans on the warm plates. When the toast pops up, butter it, then put a slice on each plate and top with scrambled egg. Serve with HP sauce or tomato ketchup on the side, and a pot of tea.

Credit: JamieOliver.com

CONTEST ALERT – Where are my March Multis? International Edition!


This month we’re going across the pond for our contest to celebrate the launch of Go Folic! UK! (Check back all this week for more information :))

The rules are the same, so send in your guesses for this month’s contest!

1. Decide where this picture was taken.
2. Be the FIRST person to email us at gofolic@yahoo.com with your guess and address.
3. The person who guesses the location correctly first will receive two free AMC Theater Movie Passes.  And they’ll be featured here on our blog and website.
4. Good luck!