Referrals

All materials and referrals to resources are provided by the Maine WIC Nutrition Program for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice or endorsements of any particular products, services, messages, organizations or entities, or claims and representations as to their quality, content or accuracy or merchantability or fitness for any particular usage, application or purpose.

The web sites listed here can provide you with more information on a variety of topics. This list will be changing, so please come back often!

Programs for Maine Families

SNAP (formerly Food Stamps Program)
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/snap/index.html

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/

General Assistance Program
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/services/general-assistance/index.html

MaineCare
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/services/cubcare/CubCare.htm

Lead Prevention Program
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/etl/lead/leadin.htm

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Immunization Program
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/boh/mip/

Maine Nutrition Network
http://www.maine-nutrition.org

Maine Office of Substance Abuse
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/osa/

Maine Youth Suicide Prevention
http://www.maine.gov/suicide/

Cooperative Extension: Food and Health
http://extension.umaine.edu/food-health/

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Child Abuse Action Network
http://www.childabuseactionnetwork.com/

Healthy Maine Walks
http://www.healthymainewalks.org/

Maine Parent Federation (A private non-profit organization that provides information, support and training to parents and professionals through numerous grant-funded projects)
http://www.mpf.org

Maine Nutrition Council
http://www.mainenutritioncouncil.org

Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council
http://www.drinkmainemilk.org/

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Maine Department of Human Services
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.mainepublichealth.gov

Maine Cardiovascular Health Council
http://www.mainecardiohealth.org

State of Maine Drinking Water Program
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/eng/water/index.htm

Bicycle Coalition of Maine
http://www.bikemaine.org/

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National Nutrition Programs

United States Food and Nutrition Service-has contact phone numbers for every state and tribal organization WIC program throughout the country
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fsn/

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Guidance on How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Panel on Food Labels
http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=10935

Health Eating, Nutrition and Obesity Prevention
http://www.nutrition.gov

Consumer Product Recalls
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prerel.html

American Dietetic Association
http://www.eatright.org/

Women's Health
http://www.womenshealth.gov/

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Breastfeeding

La Leche League International
http://www.lalecheleague.org

Breastfeeding.com-helpful tips and fun stories
http://www.breastfeeding.com

Practical breastfeeding information created by Lenore Goldfarb, Lactation Educator, Lactation Consultant and author.
http://www.asklenore.com/breastfeeding/abindex.shtml

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
http://www.bfmed.org

American Academy of Pediatrics statement on the value of breastfeeding
http://www.aap.org/breastfeeding

KellyMom: Breastfeeding and Parenting
http://www.kellymom.com

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Food Safety

BPA FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Information on the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), present in some plastic bottles and cups.

Food Recalls
http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html

Food Safety Project, Iowa State University Extension
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsafety

Seguridad Alimentos (Food Safety Information in Spanish)
http://espanol.hhs.gov/enes/dfoodsafety/

Food Safety Information & Resources
http://foodsafety.cas.psu.edu

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Food Safety Information Center
http://foodsafety.nal.usda.gov

United States Department of Agriculture-"Thermy" food safety campaign, which teaches about proper food temperatures
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/food_safety_education/Thermy/index.asp

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline. Phone and Web information about safe storage, handling and preparation of meat, poultry and egg products.
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Food_Safety_Education/ USDA_Meat_&_Poultry_Hotline/index.asp

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Raising Healthy Children

Zero to Three-a resource organization for the first three years of life
http://www.zerotothree.org/index.htm

Forming Good Habits in Children to Avoid Obesity
http://www.ces.purdue.edu/nutrition/childobesity

Bright Futures research in community initiatives for children's health
http://www.brightfutures.org/index.html

Tiny Tummies-helpful tips and recipes for feeding young children
http://www.tinytummies.com/

Nutrition for Kids
http://www.nutritionforkids.com/

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Kids Health
http://websrv01.kidshealth.org/parent/index.html

Nutrition Café: Nutrition interactive games for children
http://exhibits.pacsci.org/nutrition/

"Don't Shake Jake" awareness program to educate the citizens of Maine to the risks of shaking a baby
http://www.dontshakejake.org

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Children With Special Health Needs

Database of information on rare disorders.
http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/

Information, resources and web site links for families with children who have special health needs.
http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/

Support site for parents; includes message boards and chat rooms to help provide emotional support, and offers referral resources
http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/coffee.htm

March of Dimes
http://www.modimes.org/

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
http://www.nofas.org/

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Nutrition and Activity for Healthy Families

Choose My Plate for healthy eating tips for you and your family http://www.choosemyplate.gov

You’re it. Get fit.
http://www.presidentschallenge.org

Aim for a Healthy Weight
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/index.htm

Fruits and Veggies More Matters
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/

Vegetarian Resource Group
http://www.vrg.org/

International Food Information Council
http://www.foodinsight.org/

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99 fitness tips for the whole family
http://www.shapeup.org/publications/99.tips.for.family.fitness.fun/index.html

Tips for those who take dietary supplements
http://ods.od.nih.gov/

Understanding trans fatty acids
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/FatsAndOils/Fats101/Trans-Fats_UCM_301120_Article.jsp

American Council on Exercise (ACE)
http://www.acefitness.org

Fit Facts
http://www.acefitness.org/fitfacts/

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National Association for Health and Fitness-this site includes a calorie use calculator
www.physicalfitness.org

HealthyChildren, sponsored by the American Pediatric Association
http://healthychildren.org

Healthfinder
http://www.healthfinder.gov/

Good information about holistic therapies and herbal remedies.
National Center for Complementary Alternative Medicine
http://nccam.nih.gov

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Are you at risk for diabetes?
http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-cholesterol/risk.jsp

Disaster Preparedness: Family Readiness Kit
http://www.aap.org/family/frk/frkit.htm

The Whole Child- Development from Birth through Age Five- Information presented in Public Broadcasting Service video series
http://www.pbs.org/wholechild/

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Smoking

Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine
http://www.tobaccofreemaine.org

You Can Quit Smoking Now
http://www.smokefree.org

Information for women who smoke during pregnancy
http://www.americanlegacy.org/greatstart/html/home.html

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