Promoting healthy lifestyles for children & families


The impact of nutrition education and cash-value vouchers: Article

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides nutritious food, nutrition education and breastfeeding support to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and children up to age five.

Favorable Impact of Nutrition Education on California WIC Families: Article

This study explored the impact of coordinated statewide nutrition education on Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) family behavior regarding fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lower-fat milk.

Randomized, Controlled Trial to Examine the Impact of Providing Yogurt to Women Enrolled in WIC: Article

511 pregnant, breast-feeding, or postpartum women participated in a randomized, controlled intervention trial which involved two California WIC local agency sites. Substitution of part of the WIC milk allowance with yogurt accompanied with educational materials resulted in over 86% of women wanting to substitute some of their milk vouchers with yogurt.

Fruits and Vegetables and WIC

Fruits and vegetables are essential for the promotion of health and the prevention of chronic disease. Higher intake of fruits and vegetables has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and ischemic strokes —the three leading causes of death in the United States.

Lower-Fat Dairy and WIC

Dairy foods are important in a healthy diet—as long as they are lower-fat dairy. Whole-fat dairy products are high in saturated fats, which have been shown to raise blood cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. Whole-fat milk and cheese are among the leading sources of saturated fat in American diets.

Whole Grains and WIC

When grains are processed or refined, most of the bran and some of the germ are removed, eliminating most of the beneficial parts of the grain. Whole grains, and foods made from them, include the entire germ seed, usually called the kernel, which consists of the bran, the germ, and the endosperm.

Worksite Breastfeeding Programs and WIC

Scientific evidence continues to mount supporting the importance of breastfeeding for infants and their mothers. Breastfeeding significantly reduces children’s risk for acute infections and chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and obesity. Breastfeeding also reduces the mother’s risk for type 2 diabetes and breast and ovarian cancers.

Worksite Wellness Programs and WIC

Poor nutrition and physical inactivity have been clearly implicated in the epidemic of obesity that has spread among both children and adults. For adults, the worksite is a logical focus for programs to improve health habits in ways that encourage healthy weight.

Counseling Latina mothers of preschool children about weight issues: suggestions for a new framework: Article

Data were collected in eight focus group sessions using a semistructured questionnaire to assess Latina mothers' health beliefs and attitudes regarding early childhood weight issues and to use the information to update current nutrition education methods.

Walking the Talk: Fit WIC Wellness Programs Improve Self-Efficacy in Pediatric Obesity Prevention Counseling

This study of worksite wellness activities was conducted in six WIC sites in California. The article summarizes findings regarding WIC staff members' perceptions of their workplace environments as well as their self-efficacy in working with WIC clients.