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Announcements: National Folic Acid Awareness Week

January 2--8, 2010, is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. In 1998, the Institute of Medicine recommended that, to reduce their risk for a pregnancy affected by neural tube defects, women capable of becoming pregnant should take 400 micrograms of synthetic folic acid daily from fortified foods or supplements, or a combination of the two, in addition to consuming food folate from a varied diet (1). Health-care professionals should encourage every woman who can become pregnant to consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. More information about folic acid, including free education materials and CDC activities, is available at http://www.cdc.gov/folicacid.

Reference

  1. Institute of Medicine. Dietary reference intakes for thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin b6, folate, vitamin b12, pantothenic acid, biotin, and choline. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 1998.


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