Presentation on theme: "Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) WIC’s mission is to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and."— Presentation transcript:
1 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) WIC’s mission is to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.
3 History of the WIC Food Packages 1974 WIC Becomes a Permanent ProgramWIC food packages include infant formula, exempt infant formula and WIC medical foods, milk, eggs, cheese, juice, cereal, peanut butter, and dried peas or beans.1992 Foods for Breastfeeding Women ExpandedTuna and carrots added for fully breastfeeding women.2009 Interim Rule Revised the Food PackagesFruits and vegetables, and whole grains added to the food categories.Soy-based beverage, tofu added to State agency food options.2014 Final Rule Added More OptionsYogurt and whole wheat pasta added to State agency food options.
4 WIC Provides Healthy Foods WIC food packages align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the infant feeding practice guidelines of the American Academy of PediatricsWhole-wheat Bread and other Whole Grains Milk Eggs Cheese Breakfast Cereal Peanut Butter Fruits and Vegetables YogurtDried and canned beans/peasCanned FishBaby FoodInfant CerealJuiceInfant FormulaSoy-based beverageTofu
5 Cultural Food Options Tortillas Brown rice Soy-based beverage Tofu YogurtWide choice of fruits and vegetables for ethnic varietyCanned salmon, sardines, mackerel
6 Nutrition Education Nutrition Education Based on Individual AssessmentsWIC Food Packages Complement Nutrition Messages“Eat more fruits and vegetables”“Lower saturated fat”“Increase whole grains and fiber”“Drink less sweetened beverages and juice”“Babies are meant to be breastfed”
7 Breastfeeding is a Priority in WIC Fully breastfeeding infants > 6 months receive larger quantities of baby food fruits and vegetables, they also receive baby food meat.Fully breastfeeding mothers receive the most variety and the largest quantity of food.
8 Fruits and VegetablesCash value-vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables$8 for children$10 for womenParticipants may choose from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables (white potatoes are excluded)Frozen, canned and dried allowed as a State agency option
9 Baby Food Infant fruits and vegetables for infants 6 – 12 months Infant meats for fully breastfed infants 6 – 12 monthsInfant cereal for infants 6 – 12 months
10 Breakfast cereals Hot and cold breakfast cereals At least half of the cereals on aState agency’s food list must bewhole grain
11 Whole Wheat Bread and other Whole Grains Whole wheat or whole grain breadfor children and womenWhole grain options *Brown RiceSoft Corn and Whole Grain TortillasOatmealBulgurBarleyWhole Wheat Pasta* State agency option
12 Milk and Milk Alternatives Whole milk for children12 through 23 months of ageOnlyLow-fat (1 %) orNon-fat milk (skim)for women andchildren > 2 years of ageAlternatives at State Agency optionSoy-based beverageTofuYogurtCheese
13 Canned Fish for Fully Breastfeeding Women Canned light tuna (no albacore)Other canned fish identified as lower in mercurySalmonSardinesMackerel
14 Dried Beans and/or Peas or Peanut Butter Children and postpartum women receive dried beans/peas or peanut butterPregnant and breastfeeding women receive both dried beans and peanut butterCanned beans may be substituted for dried beans for all children and women
15 State Agency Food Lists WIC State agencies have flexibility to selectfoods within the parameters of Federal regulations.For example:Specific brandsContainer/package sizesPolicies regarding specialty foods such as organic and kosher foodsLower cost optionsProduct availability in the State