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Now showing: Health information about folic acid

Folic acid shares top billing with Hollywood movie stars starting October
1 in several Contra Costa moviehouses.

Ads that say folic acid is good for everyone's health will run in the
Century 16 theaters in Richmond and in the Brenden theaters in Concord and
Pittsburg. The ads are sponsored by Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and the
March of Dimes.

"Folic acid is essential to pregnant women, as it can lower their risk of
having a baby with a neural tube defect (NTD, or birth defect of the brain
and spine) by 50-70 percent. But folic acid is also good for everyone because it
may lower one's risk of heart disease, cervical cancer and colon cancer,"
says Dawn Dailey, CCHS Public Health Nurse Manager.

Dailey says women and men aged 14 years and older need 400 micrograms of
folic acid every day. Although folic acid is found in foods such as fortified
cereals and grains, asparagus, broccoli, beans and lentils, soy products and
dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, not everyone gets enough in their
diet. This is why Dailey recommends that women and men take a multivitamin
containing folic acid as a part of a healthy diet.

Dailey says that the county-sponsored cable station, Contra Costa
Television (CCTV), will also be airing the folic acid ads, in English and in
Spanish, during the months of October and November. CCTV is available throughout
the county; check local cable listings for the CCTV channel in your area.

For more information about folic acid, call Dawn Dailey at 925-313-6325,
or the March of Dimes at 1-888-MODIMES. (The March of Dimes is a national
voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by
preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of
Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to
save babies.)

Or go to the CCHS folic acid web page at www.cchealth.org/fmch and click on
"Learn about folic acid."

Community Wellness & Prevention Program
Contra Costa Health Services

Run dates: 2003-09-30 - 2003-10-14

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