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Helping low-income women afford healthier food may have reversed a rise in childhood obesity

Melanie Wong | Jul 25, 201911:06 PM     8

" . . . In other words, the policy changes have resulted in physically and mentally healthier children—an outcome that, after all, is central to WIC’s mission. Established as part of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, the program was intended to mitigate the negative effects of poverty on the health of pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children.

Over half a million people have left WIC since August 2018.
Since the 2009 WIC overhaul, a slow trickle of studies have attributed a wide range of positive results to the changes, from higher diet quality to an increased availability of healthy foods.

Still, the number of children impacted could be even greater if more families who were eligible for WIC actually used it. According to USDA, less than 55 percent of qualified people participate in the program—and that number is on the decline. . . "

Helping low-income women afford healthier food may have reversed a rise in childhood obesity

A 2010 policy change allowing WIC enrollees to buy fruits and vegetables apparently resulted in striking health benefits for children, CDC study finds...

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