Children’s Diet Improves After Changes to Federal WIC Program


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A recent study reported in the April 2016 journal "Pediatrics" showed significant improvement for consumption of green vegetables and beans, as well as increased consumption of whole fruits rather than fruit juice, among children eligible for the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Recommendations by the Institute of Medicine resulted in the 2009 revision to the food package, including a shift to low-fat rather than whole milk, and the addition of more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The study shows the changes have resulted in an improvement in the quality of the diets of low-income children.

Katherine Kopp is a freelance writer and editor in Chapel Hill.

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