Nutrition Education is the program benefit that makes WIC part of your healthcare program. Families who participate in the WIC program have better birth outcomes, have less iron-deficiency anemia and learn useful information and skills that promote healthy habits for life, thus helping to reduce childhood obesity.
Education can be given either through personalized nutrition counseling or in group classes. Some examples of topics include:
• Smart shopping
• Healthy eating for pregnancy
• Healthy cooking
• Feeding your children
• Breastfeeding support groups
• Dental health
• Physical activity
• Other group nutrition classes as suggested by participants
WIC nutrition education materials may be found at California Dept of Public Health.
NEVHC WIC has published four bilingual cookbooks with delicious and easy to prepare recipes using fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods, soy products and other lowfat foods. These cookbooks show creative ways to use WIC foods and support a balanced diet.
If you are a WIC participant and would like a cookbook, please ask for one at your next appointment. For all other requests, please contact Joy Ahrens .