The theme for 2015 is “Making Health Choices to Prevention Birth Defects – Make a PACT for Prevention.” Although not all birth defects can be prevented, steps can be taken to increase a woman’s chance of having a healthy baby. Encourage all pregnant women and those who may become pregnant to:
o Get as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant.
o Get 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
Avoid harmful substance
o Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
o Be careful with harmful exposures at work and home.
Choose a healthy lifestyle
o Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, lean proteins, and healthy fats and oils.
o Be physically active.
o Work to get medical conditions like diabetes under control.
Talk to your doctor
o Get a medical checkup.
o Discuss all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
o Talk about family history.
You can make a difference in the lives of Utah families. Review the materials at this link and share them with coworkers, colleagues, staff, and others who might benefit.