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USDA Nutrition Program fuels healthy growth and supports academic performance

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Supporting healthy bodies and brains

Most people think the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program only provides free food for low-income families. But did you know that it is actually a nutrition program developed and sponsored by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)?

The program's goal is to help parents feed their kids nutritious foods. Healthy foods mean healthy bodies and brain development. The USDA knows that super foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, peanut butter, fish, eggs, tofu, beans and lentils, and whole grains provide the best fuel for families, and especially to growing kids.

Hunger, food insecurity, and academics

According to the American Psychological Association, hunger and "food insecurity" affect kids' academic performance.1 Food insecurity is when consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.

These kids are not just distracted by hunger and food insecurity-they also suffer academically and psychologically. And research shows that participation in WIC can not only improves kids' health, but it has academic benefits, too.2

Supporting education through nutrition

Your child may be in a classroom with children who are hungry or dealing with food insecurity. This affects the whole class. But when all the kids in a classroom are full and focused, it benefits all the students around them. They can all get to the task at hand-learning about the world.

This is just one of the ways WIC makes a difference-not just one family at a time, but whole classrooms at a time.

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You might be surprised to learn that you qualify for this program. And it isn't just about food. You can support local farmers markets, get delicious recipes, and even get your kids involved with fun activities and exercises.

Even better, Oregon WIC now has benefits loaded onto handy cards that you swipe just like a debit card. Getting healthy foods for your growing kids is now easier than ever.

It's about more than food. It's about healthy families and healthy communities.

Learn more about WIC and see if you qualify at saludwic.org

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Oregon WIC does not discriminate.

 

Sources:

1. https://www.apa.org/about/gr/issues/socioeconomic/hunger.pdf

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4703081/

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USDA Nutrition Program – It’s not just the food

Most people think the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program only provides free food for low income families. But did you know that it is actually a nutrition program developed and sponsored by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)? And free food is only the beginning of what this life-changing program does.

A safe pregnancy

WIC begins before your baby is even born. With checkups, nutr

ition advice, and referrals to community resources, your local WIC office helps make your pregnancy safer and healthier.

Breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding makes a long-term difference in babies' lives, and WIC has breastfeeding experts and supplies to support both mothers and babies through this important time.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Did you know WIC also has a Farmers Market program?

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It's a win-win-support for local farms, and families and low-income seniors get fresh, healthy, locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

Nutrition and exercise education

From helpful tips about snacks for toddlers to recipes and smart budgeting, WIC has resources to support great nutrition and exercise for the whole family.

Join the program

You might be surprised to learn that you qualify for this program. The size of your family helps determine your eligibility, and higher incomes than you might expect qualify. What does this mean for you? You can keep your family healthy, get tips and recipes for smart, healthy eating, and engage your kids in new ways.

Want more good news?

Oregon WIC now has benefits loaded onto handy cards that swipe just like a debit card. Getting healthy foods for your growing kids is now easier than ever.

 

It's about more than food. It's about healthy families and healthy communities.

Learn more about WIC and see if you qualify at saludwic.org

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Oregon WIC does not discriminate.

Check out the Oct/Nov issue of MOM Magazine

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Mom goes back to school online

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Laura Kaspers, mom and iLearn online student, shares her experience of going back to school after years as a stay-at-home mom.
Returning to the workforce after a 15 year hiatus can be scary, especially if your skills need to be refreshed in order to compete for a job in the field you want. Ask Laura Kasper, she knows.

Laura graduated from OSU in 1991 with a bachelor's in Spanish and additional emphasis on International Business and Finance. After a few years in the workforce, she decided to raise her children as a stay-at-home mom. Her children are now teenagers and Laura is ready to go back to work.


But, times have changed and so have her interests; Laura now wants to be an Accounting Clerk. In order to get the training and credentials she needs, she began to look for schools and found LB iLearn Online.


At first, she wasn't sure about enrolling in an online program, but she knew juggling parental duties and student duties would be a challenge with traditional on-campus classes. LB iLearn allowed her to enroll when she was ready, any Wednesday of the year, and allowed her to work at her own pace. She found with a little planning she could arrange her days to allow time for both family and coursework.


"Some days I am able to get a lot of studying in and others, not so much," she said. "I try and set aside blocks of time each day to study and take the weekends off for family time."


With the support of her family, Laura completed her Accounting Clerk Certificate in May 2017. She is now a believer in the distance learning format.


"I've never experienced online education, but I must say, I love the iLearn program," she said. "I have told many of my friends about it."


To find out how you can start earning a certificate or degree online, visit www.lbilearn.linnbenton.edu or call 541-917-4887.