Setting Up a Birth Defects Prevention Campaign in Your Company

Setting Up a Birth Defects Prevention Campaign in Your Company: "Approximately 150,000 children are born every year in the United States affected by one or more birth defects. Although the cause of over 60% of birth defects are not known, there are things that you can do as an employer to intervene on behalf of your employees, your customers and those in your community.
Awareness and education are the keys to preventing birth defects. As a business leader; you can play a vital role during January, the National Birth Defects Prevention Month and throughout the year creating awareness and providing access to birth defect prevention education.

Here is a variety of tips you can use to implement a birth defect prevention plan for your business:

* Tip 1. Provide wellness education in your company orientation and review processes that includes prevention tips for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and of course birth defects.
* Tip 2. Make your benefits program includes coverage for annual wellness checks and genetic counseling for those considering parenthood.
* Tip 3. Provide access to organizations that offer prevention education, such as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. These organizations could be listed in your benefits manual and through links on your company website. For birth defect prevention, include the following:
American Pregnancy Association
March of Dimes
National Birth Defects Prevention Network
* Tip 4. Create a health and wellness display in your companies break room, providing access to educational pamphlets and brochures that address common health concerns, including birth defect prevention.
* Tip 5. Inform customers that January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. Place a poster near the checkout or on a bulletin board. Incorporate a simple sentence in your promotional email campaigns"