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/

1 comment for “USDA Nutrition Program fuels healthy growth and supports academic performance”

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    Posted Monday, October 23, 2017 at 3:29:31 PM

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