Health Professionals:

Delivering the Message

Healthy People 2010, a set of health objectives for the nation established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration, includes two goals related to folic acid and birth defects.

  • Reduce the occurrence of spina bifida and other neural tube defects by 50% (from 6 new cases per 10,000 births from baseline years 1991-1994 to 3 new cases per 10,000 births).
  • Have 80% of non-pregnant women aged 15-44 years consuming at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day from fortified foods or dietary supplements (up from 21% in the baseline years 1991-1994).

Achieving these goals for Floridians requires a partnership between all interested parties:

  • Health care professionals
  • Health care organizations
  • Governmental agencies
  • Businesses
  • Consumers
  • Volunteer organizations

Everyone has a stake and a role in achieving success!


Health professional

Did you know? Eighty nine percent of women who do not take vitamins indicated that if their health provider counseled them about the benefits they would probably take it.

Although advances in fetal surgery for spina bifida are encouraging and provide hope for affected babies and their families, primary prevention should be underscored and can help many such families avoid the heartache of experiencing an NTD.


Health professionals