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Food Safety for Moms-to-Be: Educator Tools - Presentation Tips

 

Food Safety for Moms-To-BeEverything you need to conduct a food safety presentation for pregnant women.

Educator's Resource Guide (PPT - 2.2MB)   |  Slides/Talking Points (PPT - 449KB)   |  Presentation Tips   |  Poster   |  Flyer   |  Video

A+ Tips for Your Presentation
Once you've familiarized yourself with the Food Safety for Moms-to-Be program, it's time to start planning your presentation! Since there will always be moms-to-be, a food safety presentation is always a welcome addition to any health, safety, childbirth, and/or nutrition program that you're already planning. You can also use the program as a stand-alone presentation for pregnant women and their families.

Advance planning is critical when it comes to making sure the chairs are filled at your event. Here are some helpful ideas to get you started...

 


Make It a Special Day!
You can conduct your presentation year-round, but for added publicity, consider tying your food safety message to a special day or month that's relative to your topic or audience, such as...
 

March
New Moms Awareness Day
(third Monday)


May
Mother's Day
(second Sunday)


June
Father's Day
(third Sunday)


October
Child Health Day
(first Monday)


September
National Food Safety Education Month
Baby Safety Month
It's All in the Planning!
Plan now to...
  • Set convenient meeting dates/times.
  • Make sure your meeting room is comfortable and can accommodate your audience.
  • Serve healthy refreshments (optional).
  • Be sure there's a restroom that's accessible.
  • Start and end your presentation on time.

"Hear Ye...Hear Ye!"

Getting People to Your Presentation
Try these tips for spreading the word about your event and getting moms-to-be in the door!

Make Contacts
Meet with professionals/gatekeepers of local organizations. Let them know you're available to give a presentation at their group meetings or to their patients/clients. Be sure to emphasize the urgency of this topic to draw some attendance. Start with the following:
 

Health Services/Educators
Community Health Centers and  Educators
Cooperative Extension Educators
Hospital Outpatient Educators
WIC Clinics
Health Fair Organizers

Community Outreach Centers
Head Start Centers
YMCA/YWCA
Family Service Centers
Community Centers
Public Libraries
Health Associations
American College of Obstetricians and  Gynecologists
American College of Nurse Midwives
Midwives Alliance of North America
American Dietetics Association


School Associations
Parent/Teacher Associations


 

Publicize, Publicize!
Tell people about your presentation - word of mouth is often a great way to advertise! Hand out flyers. Use the flyer that we've created for you. All you have to do is insert your program date, time, and location.

Offer Incentives...
Consider offering door prizes or giveaways from local merchants, such as:
  • Gift certificates
  • Dinners-for-two
  • Prenatal packets
  • Free parenting/child magazine subscriptions
Tap into places where moms-to-be frequent
  • Health offices/clinics
  • Prenatal/parenting classes
  • Maternity retailers
  • Supermarkets (post flyers on bulletin boards)
Consider these places for distributing your flyers!


Group contacts or local retailers may be able to help with donations or more ideas! Be sure to give them credit for anything they do. Also, check out the Fight BAC! Food Safety Web site (www.fightbac.org disclaimer icon) for giveaways you can purchase. Click on "store." Whatever incentive you choose, make it known on your publicity materials!

Good luck!

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