Monthly Archives: March 2018

UWSFC Receives Grant for Family, Friends & Neighbors Program Read More >>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 21, 2018
Contact: Abby Bordner
Cell: (505) 919-9153
Email: AbbyB@uwsfc.org

UWSFC Receives Grant for Family, Friends & Neighbors Program

United Way of Santa Fe County’s Family, Friends & Neighbors program receives a $125,000 grant from Daniels Fund to support caregivers and families in Santa Fe County.                               

Santa Fe, NM – United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) is proud to announce the receipt of a $125,000 award from Daniels Fund to continue the innovative Family, Friends & Neighbors Program in Santa Fe County.

Many working parents in Santa Fe County rely on families, friends, and neighbors to care for their children. This program offers regular group and individual opportunities for caregivers to gain valuable knowledge in child development, healthy attachment, and early education, while children have the opportunity to play and develop among their peers.

“The Family, Friends & Neighbors program is innovative because it creates another structure for high-quality early childhood education and is a low-cost way to address the need for infant and toddler care in Santa Fe. Providers feel confident in the quality of care that they offer the children in their charge.” said Katherine Freeman, President & CEO. “The grant received from the Daniels Fund will allow us to continue and expand this wonderful program.”

“The Daniels Fund is committed to supporting efforts to increase the number of children who enter kindergarten ready to learn,” said Linda Childears, President & CEO of the Daniels Fund. “We are pleased to support this program to help children become kindergarten-ready.”

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY

Early childhood education and care is the sole mission of United Way of Santa Fe County, with a commitment to ensuring that every child receives an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. UWSFC is committed to engaging the entire community, bringing together people and resources to create opportunities for children and families to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Beginning in 2004, UWSFC has served approximately 6,000 families by using a two-generation approach, supporting both the children and families in a series of high-quality early childhood programs designed to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

To learn more please visit www.uwsfc.org.

UWSFC and SVHsupport Provides Prenatal Outreach and Education and Home Visiting Read More >>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 8, 2018
Contact: Abby Bordner
Cell: (505) 919-9153
Email: AbbyB@uwsfc.org

UWSFC and SVHsupport Provides Prenatal Outreach and Education and Home Visiting

UWSFC Prenatal Outreach and Education and First Born® program receives a $213,000 grant from SVHsupport to provide information, resources, and support to Santa Fe’s families.

Santa Fe, NM – United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) is proud to announce the receipt of a $150,000 award from SVHsupport to provide information and resources to expecting families in Santa Fe County with the Prenatal Outreach and Education program. SVHsupport awarded another $63,000 to UWSFC’s First Born® and Home Visiting Programs to provide support to more first-time parents in Santa Fe County.

UWSFC’s Prenatal Outreach and Education program connects pregnant women and their families with resources in Santa Fe County to support them during and after their pregnancies. The program also offers free “Preparing the Way” prenatal classes covering topics such as newborn care, postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, and hospital tours, each month.

Beginning prenatally and continuing through the first three years of a baby’s life, UWSFC’s First Born® and Home Visiting Programs support first-time parents in Santa Fe County by offering weekly visits by trained professionals who offer individual and family support, guidance, and resources that promote confident, healthy, and happy families. A study published by the Rand Corporation in 2016 has shown that, during their first year of life, children are one-third less likely to visit the emergency room when families are visited by well-trained professionals, such as those at UWSFC.

SVHsupport is a locally managed nonprofit organization supporting projects that directly impact the health and wellness of the community, in complement to ongoing financial and strategic support for CHRISTUS St. Vincent. The Prenatal Outreach and Education program is intended to increase healthy births in Santa Fe County.

 “UWSFC is happy for our partnership with SVHsupport,” said Katherine Freeman, President & CEO. “Now, in its second year, I’m proud that the Prenatal and Outreach Education program has served over 130 women and their families in Santa Fe County. Last year, we served more than 200 families in our First Born® Home Visiting Program, and now we can serve many more.”

“We are proud to partner with UWSFC to provide support and expand programs that will improve the care and education for mothers and their babies in the Santa Fe Community,” says Peter F. Bastone, President and CEO, St. Vincent Hospital Support (SVHsupport). “This is the third consecutive year we have provided grant funding to UWSFC because they are having a positive, and measurable impact on the lives of children and families in our community.”

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY

Early childhood education and care is the sole mission of United Way of Santa Fe County, with a commitment to ensuring that every child receives an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. UWSFC is committed to engaging the entire community, bringing together people and resources to create opportunities for children and families to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Beginning in 2004, UWSFC has served approximately 6,000 families by using a two-generation approach, supporting both the children and families in a series of high-quality early childhood programs designed to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

ABOUT ST. VINCENT HOSPITAL SUPPORT (SVHsupport)

SVHsupport is a Santa Fe based nonprofit owning 50 percent of CHRISTUS St. Vincent Reginal Medical Center. In its ten-year history, SVHsupport has partnered with the international nonprofit health system, (CHRISTUS Health), to bring excellence in healthcare to Santa Fe. Along with SVHsupport’s ownership of the local community hospital, the organization serves a broader mission to improve access to quality health care and increase the overall health of our community. Since 2008, SVHsupport has provided more than $25 million of mission investments to the community by making grants to local nonprofits, making scholarships available to high school seniors pursuing healthcare related studies, and direct funding of critical programs at our local community hospital, CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

 

Que Debo Comer Durante el Embarazo Read More >>

Comer alimentos sanos puede ayudarle a tener un bebe sano. Solo necesita más o menos 300 calorías extras por día para sustentar el crecimiento de su bebe. Por lo tanto, coma con sensatez y escoja alimentos sanos. 

Ejemplos de alimentos sanos:

  • Pan integral
  • Taza de cereal con fibra
  • Pasta integral
  • Vegetales crudos o cocidos
  • Jugo de vegetales
  • Fruta fresca o congelada
  • Leche
  • Yogur
  • Queso
  • Crema de cacahuates
  • Nueces
  • Carne magra, pollo o pescado
  • Huevos

Consejos para hacer más fácil comer saludable:  

  • Cocine más de lo que necesite y congele para otras comidas. Congele también las verduras no usadas y los condimentos como cebollas, pimientos, perejil y ajo.
  • Tenga a mano los alimentos básicos. Estos son alimentos que puede usar en casi cualquier comida. Por ejemplo, frijoles, arroz, pasta, vegetales congelados, salsa de espagueti, y crema de cacahuates.
  • Coma de cuatro a seis comidas pequeñas por día en lugar de tres grandes. Para meriendas coma queso, yogur, fruta, vegetales, y nueces.
  • Beba por lo menos seis vasos de agua de 8 onzas diario.

Los alimentos frescos, como frutas y los vegetales, están repletos de vitaminas y otras cosas buenas que pueden ayudarla a usted y a su bebe a mantenerse sanos. Tomar vitaminas prenatales y ciertos suplementos puede ayudarla a obtener los nutrientes que usted y su bebé necesitan.

Eating Healthy for Pregnancy Read More >>

Eating healthy foods can help you have a healthy baby. You only need about 300 extra calories per day for your growing baby. So, eat smart and make healthy food choices.

Examples of healthy foods

  • Whole grain bread
  • High fiber cereal
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Raw or cooked vegetables
  • Vegetable juice
  • Fresh or frozen fruit
  • Low fat or skim milk
  • Plain yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Lean meat, poultry, or fish
  • Eggs

Here are some tips to make healthy eating easier:

  • Make more than you need and freeze the extra for future meals. Also freeze unused vegetables and spices like onion, garlic, peppers, parsley, and greens.
  • Keep staple foods on hand at home. These are foods that you can use for almost any meal such as: beans, rice, pasta, frozen vegetables, pasta sauce, and peanut butter.
  • Eat 4-6 smaller meals a day instead of 3 big ones. For snacks, you can eat cheese, vegetables, fruit, and peanut butter.
  • Drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of water every day.

Eating healthy foods should give you all the nutrients you need during pregnancy. Taking prenatal vitamins along with eating healthy foods can help you get the nutrients you and your baby need during pregnancy.