HEALTH DEPARTMENT HELPS WIC SHOPPERS MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES

Wed May 9, 2012

DUPAGE COUNTY-The DuPage County Health Department is helping families in its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program learn how to make healthy food choices at grocery stores while shopping with limited budgets.
 
Educational tours were provided to 35 DuPage County families through a mini grant obtained by the Health Department from the Share Our Strength Foundation. The purpose of the grant was to teach families how to make real changes in their food shopping habits that will benefit both their health and their wallets.
 
The United States Department of Agriculture recently has changed some of its food packaging and has been encouraging the consumption of more fresh fruits and vegetables, but WIC participants said they were not confident they could purchase these foods correctly.
 
The recent program at the Health Department was called "Shopping Matters" and it included a supermarket tour and vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetable purchases utilizing the skills that WIC clients learned on the supermarket tour.
 
In a survey after the tour, nearly 100 percent of the participants said they were more confident they would be able to make the most of their fruit and vegetable vouchers and identify WIC foods at the grocery store.
 
Research has shown that careful food shopping practices, such as price comparisons and nutrition label usage, can lead to better family eating practices.
 
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HEALTH DEPARTMENT HELPS WIC SHOPPERS MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES