For Immediate Release
January 17, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE, National Birth Defects Prevention Network Sound Alert
for Women and Families

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is joining the National Birth Defects Prevention Network to alert women and their families about the urgent need for good health before considering pregnancy. “Good Health Habits for a Lifetime” is the theme of National Birth Defects Prevention Month this January.

“We are excited to be part of this national movement. We hope to reach thousands of women across Kansas with this message,” says Linda Kenney, Director of the KDHE Bureau for Children, Youth and Families.

“The Network is working with doctors and other health care providers around the country to encourage good pre-pregnancy health,” said Kenney. “There are more than a half a million women of childbearing age in Kansas. They need to hear this message.”

KDHE recommends the following good health habits for women before becoming pregnant:

KDHE is a member organization of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, a forum to exchange ideas about how to prevent birth defects, collect information, encourage research and provide technical support for state and local programs.

The department is distributing birth defect prevention information to women and health care providers across the state. To learn more, please contact your local health department, the KDHE toll-free number at 1-800-332-6262, or visit