By Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board, Committee to Review the WIC Food Packages
The designated Supplemental foodstuff software for girls, babies, and youngsters (the WIC software) has promoted the wellbeing and fitness of low-income households for greater than 30 years via delivering meals schooling, supplemental foodstuff, and different important companies. this system reaches thousands of households each year, is likely one of the biggest meals courses within the usa, and is a vital funding within the nation's health and wellbeing. The U.S. division of Agriculture charged the Institute of drugs with making a committee to guage the WIC foodstuff applications (the checklist of particular meals WIC contributors receive every one month). The aim of the examine was once to enhance the standard of the nutrition of WIC contributors whereas additionally selling a fit bodyweight that would lessen the chance of continual illnesses. The committee concluded that it's time for a metamorphosis within the WIC foodstuff programs and the e-book offers information at the proposed new meals programs, summarizes how the proposed applications vary from present programs, and discusses the explanation for the proposed programs.
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Extra resources for WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change
2004). While there is no firm evidence that the WIC participant population is any more prone to being overweight than non-WIC populations (CDC, 1996a, 1996b), neither are they protected. Overweight and obesity are prevalent among minority groups, except for Asian Americans. The latter group is the fastest-growing ethnic minority in the country and still predominantly consists of first-generation immigrants. There is some evidence that overweight and obesity can be expected to become significant problems in these groups as well.
2004). To increase the likelihood that dietary changes will occur as a result of changes in the WIC food packages, the committee considered information about foods that are commonly consumed. , 2004). , 2002, 2003). The committee also used data concerning purchases of various foods, varieties of specific foods, brand names, and package sizes (ACNielsen, 2001). From the public comments the committee received, it is apparent that some WIC participants feel the choice of foods in the current WIC food packages is very limited.
Comments submitted directly to this IOM committee addressed similar themes. Examples of the public comments are presented in Chapter 3—Process Used for Revising the WIC Food Packages. CRITERIA FOR THE REDESIGN OF THE WIC FOOD PACKAGES The WIC program is conceptualized as a supplemental nutrition program designed to improve health outcomes. The committee sees the role of the WIC food packages as improving the diet in ways that could have both short- and long-term health benefits. These include improving reproductive outcomes, supporting the growth and development of infants and children, and promoting long-term health in all WIC participants.