Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Beginning October 1, 800 women, infants and children in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Klickitat County will have access to a greater number of healthy food choices.
WICs new foods choices include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, brown rice, tofu and soy beverages, and jarred baby foods. WIC will continue to provide low fat milk, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, legumes, breakfast cereals and infant formula.
"The newer food choices are lower in fat and higher in fiber, help WIC clients maintain a healthy weight and offer more variety and food choices," said Joan Zolp, Klickitat County WIC Coordinator.
WIC will continue to promote exclusive breastfeeding until six months of age and continued breastfeeding for a year or longer. Breastfeeding is considered by every major health organization as the best way to feed infants.
"The more a mom and baby breastfeed, the more food they receive from WIC," said Zolp.
WIC is the nutrition program for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children up to age five living below 185 percent of the poverty level. It's a prevention program designed to improve lifetime nutrition and health behaviors by helping young families and their children get a good start on healthy eating.
More information on Washington WIC is available at Klickitatcounty.org.