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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program Gets New Milk Guidelines

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
10/23/14  9:17 PM PST
Changing WIC program to better align with Dietary Guidelines for Americans

By Dan Thesman for KAPP TV

OLYMPIA — Clients of the state’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program can now only buy 1 percent or nonfat milk.

The change that started this month better aligns WIC with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other programs, such as Head Start, and the School Lunch and Breakfast Program, which already offer only 1 percent milk or nonfat milk. WIC is an important strategy to help create the healthiest next generation. Overweight and obesity rates for young children served by WIC decreased for the first time in 2012 and again in 2013. The decline is attributed to changes to the WIC food package in 2009, and the trend should continue following this change.

“One percent and nonfat milk have the same nutrients as 2 percent and whole milk; the only difference is the amount of fat. One percent and nonfat milk have less calories and cholesterol,” said Cathy Franklin, nutrition coordinator for the state’s WIC program. “This will be new for some families, but we’re giving lots of support and information to help them make the change.”

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