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Low-income women and children now have more healthy food choices – including, for the first time, fruits, vegetables and whole grains – as part of
“Healthy foods and regular exercise are critical to the health of
“This is an exciting day for WIC participants and for everyone working for a healthier
“Governor Corzine has made good nutrition and fitness a priority. This new WIC food package supports these efforts because it means that low-income women can now buy their families more of the foods that help promote good health and a healthy weight.”
This announcement comes on the heels of Governor Corzine's fitness challenge to children, parents and schools earlier this month. He urged students to exercise more, eat healthy foods, eliminate sugary drinks, and spend less time in front of the computer or TV.
Commissioner Howard announced the new WIC food package today at the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey’s WIC site in
As a result of federal regulatory changes, the package of approved WIC foods has been revamped nationwide and is now lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, lower in fruit juices, and higher in fiber and fruits and vegetables. The food package also offers options that meet families’ cultural needs.
In addition, the package promotes continued breastfeeding by offering breastfeeding women additional foods for themselves and their infants 6 months of age and older, and through reduced quantities of formula available for breastfed and older infants. Early breastfeeding has been linked to a reduced risk of obesity.
Other highlights of the changes:
The new food package is in line with the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the infant feeding guidelines from the
Over the last several months, the New Jersey WIC Program has been working to educate both WIC participants and participating food stores about the upcoming changes. Conference calls and regional training sessions were held to train the more than 900 participating stores, and color-coded cards were created for stores’ cashier stations to describe the eligible foods.
For more information about WIC and program eligibility guidelines, visit the Department of Health and Senior Services web site at: http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/wic/
For more information about the Governor’s fitness challenge, visit the Nutrition and Fitness Challenge web page at: www.nj.gov/health/fitnesschallenge
The VNACJ Women’s, Infant and Children’s (WIC) Nutrition Program is the largest in the state. In 2008, more than 34,000 families with children under 5 received food and nutritional counseling through the program. The New Brunswick WIC location has ten staff, including nutritionists, breastfeeding peer counselors, and WIC generalists who have provided services to more than 6,500 participants so far this year.
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