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  • Title: Go Folic! Plus
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. Folic Facts.. Be Beautiful.. Be Healthy.. Have a Healthy Baby.. Get Free Vitamins!.. Folate Your Diet.. For Clinic Staff.. Client Education Materials.. FAQs.. News/Press.. Contact.. Be Beautiful!.. Your body uses folic acid everyday to make millions of new cells!.. So getting enough can give you shinier hair, stronger nails,.. and healthier skin.. Read more.. Be Healthy!.. Folic acid supports physical and emotional well-being.. It s good for your heart and may reduce the risk for some cancers.. And it can help your body deal with stress!.. Learn more.. Have a Healthy Baby!.. 400 mcg a day of folic acid.. 3 months before you get pregnant.. can help you have a healthier baby, too!.. One small multivitamin a day is all it takes.. Get a.. free.. bottle from the SF Health Department of Public Health!.. Learn more.. Folic Acid Fundamentals.. Folic acid is an important B-vitamin that, taken daily: 1) supports health and well-being; 2) can improves the look of your hair, nails and skin; 3) help you have a healthier baby.. Doctors recommend that all teen and adult women get at least 400 mcg daily.. Read More.. Information for Health Professionals.. The U.. S.. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all women who could become pregnant get between 400-800 micrograms of folic acid daily.. Go Folic! promotes the concept of healthy nutrition  ...   acid.. MAKE CONTACT.. F.. L.. X.. N.. W.. LATEST TWEETS.. @GoFolic.. Encouraging women to get 400 mcg of folic acid daily!.. The CNN 10: Healthiest cities.. #napa.. #ourneighboringcity.. #health.. http://t.. co/Jl0SJxIlky.. RT.. @CecileRichards.. : Women should never have to choose between their job and their family.. Proud to.. #StandWithPeggy.. all pregnant workers.. co/iRcBxnPHcV.. @HHSGov.. : Take time this.. #Thanksgiving.. to create a family health portrait:.. co/zZ0JrUs8zT.. #familyhealthhistory.. co/QECb41LRi0.. FLICKR PHOTOSTREAM.. READ OUR BLOG.. Foodie Tuesday is almost here!.. November 20, 2014.. Hi again…!.. November 6, 2014.. Introducing Jenelle Merzon!.. October 6, 2014.. A Warm Welcome to Camarin Sanford!.. October 3, 2014.. Women’s Health News Round-Up: November 15, 2013.. November 15, 2013.. Why aren’t we all talking about Renisha McBride? Racial Injustice as a Public Health Issue.. November 14, 2013.. FIND US!.. MCAH Go Folic! Program Office.. 30 Van Ness, Suite 260.. San Francisco, CA 94102.. PH: 415-575-5670.. FX: 415-575-5799.. Hours of Operation:.. Weekdays (Except Legal Holidays).. 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.. Free Vitamin Drop-Ins:.. 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM.. Mammoth Theme 2012 Jonathan Atkinson | © SFDPH Go Folic! Plus Women's Health Project | This project was made possible by a grant from the Vitamin Cases Consumer Settlement Fund.. Created as a result of an antitrust class action, one of the purposes of the Fund is to improve the health and nutrition of California consumers..

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  • Title: Go Folic! Plus » What’s the Folic?
    Descriptive info: What s the Folic?.. Folic Acid is an important B vitamin that your body uses to make new cells.. Unfortunately, it is difficult for most women to get the recommended amount of folic acid from diet alone.. (.. Click here.. for more information on folic acid and diet.. ) That is why the.. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.. (CDC) recommends that women take a multivitamin with at least 400 mcg of folic acid everyday.. What does folic acid do?.. Taking a daily multi-vitamin with at least  ...   of having a baby with serious birth defects of the brain and spine.. Why you should make folic acid part of your beauty routine.. Download a Pamphlet.. Wallet Card: English.. 75 MB).. Wallet Card: Spanish.. (2.. 3 MB).. Wallet Card: Chinese.. (10 MB).. Wallet Card: Teens.. xxxx.. Free.. Go Folic! Multi-Vitamins.. Because folic acid is so important to health, women between the ages of 14-54 who live in San Francisco can get.. free.. multi-vitamins with 400 mcg of folic acid from the.. San Francisco Department of Public Health..

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  • Title: Go Folic! Plus » Be Beautiful
    Descriptive info: Why you should make a daily dose of folic acid part of your beauty routine.. Your body uses folic acid to produce DNA, and to help all of the cells in your body grow and divide.. It does this by working with other vitamins, such as C and B-12, to help your body create, break down and use proteins.. Since hair, skin, and nails are among your body s fastest growing cells, you need folic acid for the health and moisture of these tissues.. Beauty in a Bottle.. Taking a daily multi-vitamin with 400-800  ...   While this will not happen overnight, keep at it for several months and you probably will notice that your hair and nails grow faster and look healthier.. How folic acid supports health and well-being.. SOURCES.. California Department of Public Health, July 2012:.. Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Adolescents,.. http://www.. cdph.. ca.. gov/HealthInfo/healthyliving/childfamily/Documents/MO-NUPA-FolicAcidandFolate.. pdf.. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2011:.. Facts About Folic Acid,.. cdc.. gov/ncbddd/folicacid/about.. html.. Make folic acid part of your daily beauty routine.. Download this.. Action Plan for Hair, Skin and Nails.. from the California Department of Public Health..

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  • Title: Go Folic! Plus » Be Healthy
    Descriptive info: How folic acid contributes to physical and mental well-being.. Folic acid is a type of B vitamin.. It is the man-made (synthetic) form of folate that is found in supplements and added to fortified foods.. Folic acid works with other vitamins, such as vitamins C and B-12, to:.. Create, break down and use proteins;.. Produce DNA;.. Form red blood cells;.. Helps digest food by stimulating creation of digestive acids.. Every cell in your body needs folic acid in order to grow and divide in a healthy way.. This is why folic acid is especially important for women during periods of rapid growth:.. During puberty, when pre-teen and teen bodies are growing and changing rapidly;.. Before and during.. the first few weeks of pregnancy.. , when the embryo s brain and spine are first developing.. Folic Acid and Physical Health.. Research is finding that getting enough folic acid may have many potential benefits.. Taking a multi-vitamin with the RDA for folic acid may:.. Prevent certain types of anemia;.. Lower the risk of some esophageal, stomach, ovarian, and breast cancers;.. Support heart health and reducing the risk of stroke;.. Improve the health of your gums;.. Protect against cell aging and an eye condition called macular degeneration in older adults.. Folic Acid and Mental Well-Being.. Folate plays a crucial role in brain health.. Folic acid supplements (vitamins) can have a positive effect on certain brain receptors that influence mood..  ...   Mental confusion.. Depression.. Many things can increase the risk of blood folate deficiency, including:.. Diseases which make it difficult to absorb nutrients, such as.. celiac.. or.. Crohn s disease.. Smoking or drinking too much alcohol;.. Eating overcooked food;.. Certain medications, including some diuretics, anti-inflammatory drugs, anticonvulsant medications, and metformin, which helps regulate blood sugar in type 2 diabetes.. How folic acid supports a healthy pregnancy.. National Institutes of Health, December 2012,.. Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Folate,.. http://ods.. od.. nih.. gov/factsheets/folate.. asp.. U.. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus, February 2011:.. Folic Acid in Diet,.. nlm.. gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002408.. htm.. Wikipedia, last updated December 2012,.. Folic Acid,.. http://en.. wikipedia.. org/wiki/Folic_acid.. Florida Folic Acid Coalition / University of Florida, accessed December 2012,.. Folic Acid and You: Children and Teenagers,.. folicacidnow.. net/folic_acid_and_you/for_teens.. shtml.. Nilsson, Torbjörn K.. MD, PhD et al.. , July 2011.. High Folate Intake Is Related to Better Academic Achievement in Swedish Adolescents,.. Pediatrics: 10.. 1542/peds.. 2010-1481.. http://pediatrics.. aappublications.. org/content/early/2011/07/06/peds.. If you re the parent of a teen girl.. According to the U.. Public Health Services, getting enough folate is especially important for pre-teen and teen girls.. Not only are their bodies growing rapidly, but some studies found that:.. Girls who had higher blood folate levels did better in school;.. Women who had high blood folate levels in their teens, had better birth outcomes as adults.. Download a.. Go Folic! Info for Parents.. fact sheet to learn more:.. English.. Spanish.. Chinese..

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  • Title: Go Folic! Plus » Have a Healthy Baby
    Descriptive info: How taking a multi-vitamin with folic acid can help you have a healthy baby.. Thinking about getting pregnant?.. Begin taking a multi-vitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid.. at least 3 months before.. you start trying!.. Women who get 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day at least 3 months.. before.. they get pregnant decrease their risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect (NTD) by 50-70%.. NTDs are defects of the brain and spine.. The most common NTDs are:.. Spina bifida (spinal cord doesn t fully close).. Anencephaly (under-developed brain).. Encephalocele (brain sticks out of skull).. Other NTDs can make it difficult for a baby to run or play.. to see some photos of babies who were born with NTDs.. All of these problems happen during the first month of pregnancy, before most women knows they are pregnant.. The above video, from Go Folic! UK, explains why it s so important to take a daily multi-vitamin with folic acid for at least 3 months before getting pregnant.. 50% of all pregnancies in the U.. are unplanned.. That s why it s so important for all women to, in the words of our friends at.. Go Folic! UK.. , Folic before you frolic!.. Other Pregnancy Benefits of Folic Acid.. While more research is needed, recent studies have found that folic acid supplements and having higher levels of folate in the blood during pregnancy may decrease  ...   Retardation or learning disabilities.. Difficulty eating.. Cerebral palsy.. Find out how you can get free vitamins.. Tsunenobu Tamura.. and Mary Frances Picciano, 2006, Folate and human reproduction,.. Am J Clin Nutr.. May 2006vol.. 83 no.. 5 993-1016,.. http://ajcn.. nutrition.. org/content/83/5/993.. full.. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, April 2009.. Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Folate.. from.. gov/factsheets/Folate-HealthProfessional/.. Other Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy.. Your health before you get pregnant.. is the most important factor in having a healthy baby.. This is called preconception (before pregnancy) and inter conception (between pregnancies) health.. Before you become pregnant you want to be sure that your mind, body, and environment are healthy.. In addition to taking a daily multi-vitamin with folic acid, other things to think about include:.. Eating nutritious meals;.. Getting regular exercise;.. Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs;.. Getting plenty of sleep;.. Avoiding toxins and certain medications;.. Managing any chronic diseases such as diabetes or depression.. It s also important to that your relationships are positive and can help you handle the stresses of pregnancy and parenthood.. If that sounds like a lot, it is! But friends, family, and your health provider can help.. Aren t you worth it?.. Info on Preconception Health.. Download our brochure, A Woman s Guide to Preventing or Planning a Pregnancy:.. www.. everywomancalifornia.. org.. The California Department of Public Health s website,.. Every Woman California,.. provides comprehensive and easy-to-follow guidelines to ensure the health of all reproductive-age women..

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  • Title: Go Folic! Plus » Get Free Vitamins!
    Descriptive info: Information on how women, ages 14-54, can get free vitamins from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.. Eligibility.. In order to get a year s supply of free vitamins, you must:.. Be a woman between the ages of 14 54;.. Live in San Francisco;.. Be able to show proof of residency.. Where do I go?.. Come to our Office, Monday-Friday, between 1 4:30 PM.. 30 Van Ness Avenue @ Market Street (.. Google Map).. Suite 260 (Second Floor, turn right at first hall after elevators).. Phone: 415-575-5670.. Languages: English, Spanish, Cantonese.. If you are a client at a Health Department or community clinic.. You may be able to get free vitamins at your medical home.. These clinics include Maxine Hall Health Center, Castro-Mission Health Center, and SOMA Family Health Center.. Call.. 1-800-300-9950.. for details.. In addition, all DPH youth clinics, which serve clients who are between the ages 14-24, distribute Go Folic! Multi-Vitamins.. for a full  ...   your diet.. The 411 on Taking Vitamins.. Many people have not been taught how to take vitamins.. Here is how to get the most out of your multi:.. Take it everyday.. Take it with food to prevent nausea.. Take it at the end of a meal to help absorption.. Continue taking it, even if you forget and skip one or more days.. To learn more, please read the Clinician s Corner post,.. Is There a Best Way to Take Vitamins?.. on our Go Folic! Blog.. What s in Go Folic! Multis?.. to see the a photo of the ingredients from the label on our vitamin bottle.. How do I know if my multi-vitamin has enough folic acid?.. You may already be taking a daily multi-vitamin that you like.. If so, you can check the label to see if it has enough folic acid.. One serving should have 400 mcg or 100% of the RDA for folic acid..

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  • Title: Go Folic! Plus » Folate Your Diet
    Descriptive info: How to get more folate in the foods that you eat.. Get extra folate by eating well!.. The body has a hard time absorbing all of the folate it needs from food, alone.. Our bodies only absorb 50% of the folate we get from the foods we eat.. (Folate is the kind of folic acid in foods.. ) We absorb:.. 100% of the folic acid in a multi-vitamin.. 85% of the folic acid in enriched or fortified bread, grains cereals.. 50% of the folate in foods.. That s why health authorities recommend that all women who can become pregnant take a.. daily multi-vitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid.. However, a healthy diet is still important! The following foods have a lot of folate:.. Liver.. Leafy greens.. Beans lentils.. Peanuts and sunflower seeds.. Orange juice.. Strawberries and mangos.. Avocados.. for a more complete  ...   easy to get enough folic acid.. Just eat a bowl of cereal with 400 mcg of folic acid every morning (two bowls if you re thinking of getting pregnant).. for an info-graphic with cereals that contain 100% of the RDA for folic acid.. RESOURCES.. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 2012,.. Folic Acid Information Page.. gov/ncbddd/folicacid/index.. COOKING TIP.. Vegetables can loose up to 70% of their folate depending upon how they are cooked.. When cooking folate-rich vegetables, preserve more of their folate content by lightly steaming or microwaving.. Unless using folate-rich vegetables in foods, avoid boiling (lots of folate will end up in the cooking water).. Also, avoid roasting vegetables at high temperatures.. FOLATE-FULL RECIPES!.. Savory and Soulful Recipes (English).. Easy and Healthy Snacks (English).. Recetas! Ácido Fólico Ahora!.. Go Folic! Recipes (Chinese).. OTHER FILES TO DOWNLOAD.. Folate-Rich Foods Chart.. Fortified Cereals Graphic..

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  • Title: Go Folic! Plus » For Health Professionals
    Descriptive info: For Health Professionals.. Studies show that if all women consumed the recommended amount of folic acid before and during early pregnancy, up to 70 percent of all neural tube defects could be prevented.. Recent studies indicate that folic acid supplementation may have added benefits for women s health.. GO FOLIC! promotes the concept of healthy nutrition and the benefits of daily supplementation of folic acid while enhancing the general health and well-being of clients.. Folic Acid Benefits Babies Reduces Health Care Costs.. Folic acid taken before conception reduces infant morbidity and mortality associated with folic acid deficiency.. Folic acid supplementation:.. Reduces by 70% the risk of neural tube defects (1 in 1000 U.. births at an annual cost of approximately $294,000 per child).. May reduce the risk for low birth weight/premature babies (1 in 8 U.. births at an average cost of $49,000 during the first year of life).. May reduce the risk of other birth defects, such as cleft lip and palate and defects of the cardiovascular system and urinary tract.. Folic isn t just for women who are thinking about getting pregnant.. In the U.. , 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned.. Even though NTDs occur before most women know that they are pregnant, a 2007 March of Dimes/Gallop pole found that only 40% of women between the ages of 18-45  ...   risk of colon, cervical and other cancers.. Medical conditions folic acid.. The following medical conditions are among those that require increased folic acid intake, and for which supplementation is recommended:.. pregnancy and lactation.. alcohol abuse.. malabsorption.. kidney dialysis.. liver disease.. certain anemias.. Folic Acid Supplementation Works!.. Evaluations and studies have found that even a short discussion with your clients about folic acid.. can.. improve their health:.. A 2010 evaluation of the Go Folic! project, the results of which were presented at the 2010 APHA Annual Conference (.. handout.. ) and at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention s 3rd National Preconception Health Summit (.. power point.. ) found that:.. Over 70% of clients reported that they learned about folic acid and started to take a multivitamin consistently because of Go Folic!;.. Over 90% of clinic staff surveyed felt that offering free vitamins with folic acid to female clients should be a routine component of clinical services.. A systematic review of folic acid supplementation programs (Stockley Lund, 2008) concluded that, Health-care based initiatives can be effective and are more likely to be successful if they include making supplements easily available and include elements that specifically target vulnerable women.. SOURCES:.. Folic Acid to Prevent Neural Tube Defects, Topic Page.. Preventive Services Task Force.. uspreventiveservicestaskforce.. org/uspstf/uspsnrfol.. Field-tested client education materials in English, Spanish, Chinese teen versions..

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  • Title: Go Folic! Plus » Client Education Materials
    Descriptive info: Go Folic! client education and outreach materials are written at a 5th to 7th grade reading level.. They were developed with extensive input from clients and were heavily field-testing with women in San Francisco’s youth, African American, Latina and Chinese monolingual communities.. The California Family Health Counsel has described our website and materials as “well designed, and an interesting approach to the preconception messaging.. IMPORTANT CHANGE! Giving your client Go Folic! Multivitamins has become easier than ever.. There is no longer any need to fill out a consent form.. The only requirement is to document distribution in the client s chart since folic acid counseling/supplementation is now a priority for both Family PACT and Title X.. A Woman s Guide to Planning or Preventing a  ...   on the health beauty benefits of folic acid supplements and instructions on how to get the most out of a multi-vitamin.. Can be duplicated on a B W printer using letter-size paper.. Go Folic! Parent Handout.. New research links adequate folic acid intake during puberty to better birth outcomes in adult women, while health habits adopted during adolescence are likely to last.. However the association of folic acid with pregnancy can complicate parent education.. This handout approaches the topic with sensitivity, while encouraging parent-daughter communication.. Go Folic! Recipe Brochures.. Help your client fortify her diet with folic acid.. Each brochure contains different, inexpensive, easy-to-make recipes that are full of folate.. Also contains information on which foods contain higher amounts of this important B vitamin.. Teens..

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  • Title: Go Folic! Plus » FAQs
    Descriptive info: Frequently asked questions about folic acid and the Go Folic! Project.. 1.. I live in San Francisco.. How do I get my free vitamins?.. You must either be a regular client of one of the SFDPH clinics that is participating in the distribution program or you can come by our office.. to learn more about how to get free Go Folic! Multis.. 2.. I do not live in San Francisco.. Can I still get free vitamins?.. The Go Folic! Women s Nutrition Project only serves women who live in San Francisco.. However, a number of health departments and women s clinics in California have similar programs.. Please call your local health department or women  ...   like to take pills, the easiest way to Go Folic! is to eat a bowl of fortified cereal every morning.. Visit our.. page for more information.. 4.. What foods have folate?.. In addition to fortified cereals, these foods are high in folate:.. Fortified or enriched bread and pasta (the ingredients label will include “enriched” or “fortified” flour).. Spinach, broccoli, bok choy, collard and mustard greens.. Lentils, chickpeas, pinto beans, black beans and red kidney beans.. Orange juice, raspberries and strawberries.. for a more complete list from the U.. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).. 5.. What is the best way to take my multi-vitamins.. Here are the tricks for getting the most from your vitamins:..

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