Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice Report Discussion (Webinar)
WIC is one of the largest nutrition programs in the U.S., providing not only access to specific foods but also nutrition education and health and social service referrals for low-income infants; children up to age 5; and women who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or postpartum. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report recommended cost-neutral changes that include adding fish; increasing the amount of whole grains; and increasing vegetables and fruits as a trade-off for decreasing juice, milk, legumes, peanut butter, infant vegetables and fruits, and infant meats. It also recommended allowing women to receive the quantity of formula needed to support any level of breast-feeding. One of the committee’s overall recommendations was to increase the value of the voucher that participants receive to purchase vegetables and fruits in order to help improve consumption of these food groups and meet potassium and fiber requirements, which are often lacking. On July 25, 2017, the National Academies will host a webinar on the report, Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice. Kathleen Rasmussen, chair and Shannon Whaley, vice chair of the expert committee that wrote the report will present highlights from the report and take questions about its findings and recommendations.
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