Weekly Wednesday Wire: February 13, 2013

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USBC Updates

Blk BFing: Making HERstory

This month, the USBC is teaming up with ROSE (Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere) and MomsRising to publish "Blk BFing: Making HERstory," a blog carnival focusing on breastfeeding and African American mothers in honor of Black History Month.

The blog carnival will be published on MomsRising.org on Tuesday, February 26 and will include a wide variety of blogs to inform, inspire, and demonstrate the active African American breastfeeding community. On Wednesday, February 27 the co-organizers will also host a Twitter chat at hashtag #BlkBfing to highlight this multifaceted conversation about breastfeeding and Black History month. The momentum will continue on Facebook with a series of infographics published throughout the week.

HeLP America Act

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has reintroduced the Healthier Lifestyles and Prevention America (HeLP America) Act. The Act includes wellness provisions in a broad range of areas, including expanded access to fresh fruits and vegetables for all low-income elementary schools, tax incentives for businesses that offer comprehensive workplace wellness programs to their employees, and greater oversight with regard to food and tobacco marketing. New additions to the bill this year include calls for the creation of a "task force for the promotion of breastfeeding in the workplace", to include members of the USBC, and a "national consortium on breastfeeding research."

Federal News

Request for Public Comment and Recommendations on mPINC Survey, from CDC via the Federal Register

The first national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (known as the mPINC Survey) was launched for hospitals and free-standing birth centers in 2007, and repeated in 2009 and 2011. Written comments from the public on the importance of continuing this survey in 2013 and 2015 are requested by April 11, 2013. 

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, from CDC

A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention entitled "Progress in Increasing Breastfeeding and Reducing Racial/Ethnic Differences — United States, 2000–2008 Births" showed that the percentage of mothers who start and continue breastfeeding is rising. In addition, the report shows that although gaps in breastfeeding rates between African American and white mothers are narrowing, significant disparities remain, indicating the continued need for targeted strategies to increase breastfeeding support for African American mothers.


Funding News

Call for Proposals, from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has released a call for proposals for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policy-makers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic as part of their Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity program. The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity.

Partner News

Live Chat with Dr. Gail Christopher, from WKKF

Join Dr. Gail Christopher, vice president - program strategy at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, at 1:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 14, for a TEDMED Great Challenges of Health and Medicine online live event focusing on the Impact of Poverty on Health. The event will be an informal, moderated discussion with Dr. Christopher and other multi-disciplinary thought leaders who will share their views and respond to your questions on this Great Challenge. Join the live video chat or follow along on Twitter at @TEDMED and tag your questions with #GreatChallenges.

Article on Skin-to-Skin, from NICHQ

The January 2013 issue of NICHQ News featured the article, "Immediate Skin-to-Skin Contact Boosts Breastfeeding Rates," highlighting several facilities participating in Best Fed Beginnings.

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