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Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity
Power Me A2Z Folic Acid Education and Distribution Program
The Arizona Department of Health Services has provided vitamins with folic acid to prevent birth defects for women across the state since 2002. Power Me A2Z is an exciting approach that will reach a large number of young women. The Power Me A2Z campaign promotes healthy living across the board, not just for women planning to have a baby. The effort uses modern technology and media that Arizona women use on a daily basis to more effectively provide vitamins with folic acid to young women in all areas of the state.
Power Me A2Z is a unique public health campaign that promotes healthy living among 18 to 45-year-old women in Arizona. That includes healthy eating, active living, taking a multivitamin with folic acid, staying at a healthy weight, as well as staying away from drugs and alcohol. The yearly goal is to distribute 40,000 bottles of multivitamins with folic acid, a vitamin which helps to prevent serious birth defects.
It is important for all young women to take a multivitamin with folic acid, especially since 50% of pregnancies are unplanned. Nationally, only one out of three young women takes a daily vitamin with folic acid.
Visit the campaign's website www.PowerMeA2Z.org where you can sign up to get a free 'Power Me Pack,' that includes a backpack, a specially designed health magazine with interesting health facts for women ages 18-45, and a 90-day supply of vitamins with folic acid for healthy living.