MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - The Carteret County Health Department is providing a free one-year supply of multivitamins to non-pregnant women of childbearing age starting on Nov. 6.
Below is a press release on the announcement.
The Carteret County Health Department, in partnership with the North Carolina March of Dimes Preconception Health Campaign, is offering a free, one-year supply of multivitamins, with 400 mg folic acid, to non-pregnant women of childbearing age beginning on Monday, November 6, while supplies last.
Women do not need to be a Health Department patient to receive a year's supply of multivitamins. Interested persons should come into the Health Department, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and request a year's supply of multivitamins. A staff person will provide a brief overview of the multivitamins and go over the educational material accompanying the multivitamins.
"We are pleased to work with the NC March of Dimes to offer these multivitamins to women in the community, Multivitamins are important for all women, even if they are not actively planning to have a child. Along with a healthy diet, multivitamins with 400 mg folic acid help maintain energy levels for women. For those who are considering becoming pregnant in the future, multivitamins with 400 mg folic acid can help prevent neural tube defects," states Kim Davis, RN, Carteret County Health Department Nursing Director.
According to the March of Dimes, neural tube defects, including spinal bifida and anencephaly, are common birth defects; about 200 pregnancies in North Carolina are impacted each year. Neural tube defects can occur around the fourth week of pregnancy oftentimes before most women know they are pregnant. Neural tube defects can cause wide-ranging physical abnormalities varying from minor to fatal.
For more information on the NC March of Dimes Preconception Health Campaign and to learn more about folic acid, please visit: http://everywomannc.org/ . For more information on how to obtain multivitamins through this program, please call the Health Department at 252.728.8550.