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WIC – Nutrition Month Program Highlight
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a federally funded supplemental food and nutrition program designed to prevent malnutrition in women, infants and children who qualify.The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
WIC helps the following:
· Low income pregnant and breastfeeding women
· Women who have recently had a baby
· Infants and children up to 5 years of age
WIC provides the following services and options to ensure malnutrition is not a factor and both baby and mom have a healthier outcome from pregnancy through the beginning years of a child's life. Services provided include:
· Supplemental nutritious foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, juices rich in Vitamin C, peanut butter, whole grain breads and cereals and fresh fruits and vegetables
· Nutrition Education specific to each client's needs
· Screening for other health problems and/or needs and providing referrals/resources as identified by WIC Program Staff.
Visit the Jackson County Health Department WIC Page or call (517) 788-4484 for more information.
The Jackson County Health Department will not deny participation in its programs based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability. State and federal eligibility requirements apply for certain programs.
March is National Nutrition Month
When Eating at Home or Away, Plan to stay Healthy
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest starting with small changes that will likely lead to lasting changes. Consider such steps when planning meals at home or when making choices away from home. In addition, make a commitment to:
Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthy foods;
Cook more at home, using healthier ingredients;
Learn how much you should eat or drink by checking out www.choosemyplate.gov;
Be physically active most days of the week, where you’re breathing harder, breaking a light sweat and engaging in strength-building exercises.
When eating at home, the JCHD’s Healthy Communities Coordinator suggests increasing these simple healthy foods in your diet:
Dark green, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas
Fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheeses, as well as soy beverages that have added vitamins and minerals
Seafood, meats that don’t have a lot of fat, chicken and turkey without the skin, nuts and soy products
Oils such as canola, corn, olive, peanut, sunflower and soy
When eating away from home, choose foods carefully. Enjoy your lunch with co-workers or a meal out with family, but plan ahead. For example, eat a lighter meal before or after so go out to keep calories and portion sizes in check. Choose healthy side dishes such as dark green leafy salads with no- or low-fat dressing, steamed or roasted vegetables, and use to-go boxes to control portion size.