Speaking of resolutions, lots of folks include eating better on their plans for a new year. And New York is doing something about it, declaring that its the first state to revamp the offerings in its Women, Infants and Children program to meet new federal guidelines, according to a news release from the states health department. The goal is upping the fiber quotient, lowering the fat and offering more fresh produce to the more than half-million New Yorkers enrolled in the program.
While all states must implement the programs new food requirements for low-income women and children by October 2010, the Empire State has been phasing in some of the new guidelines for six months. Its all designed to help combat obesity and make WIC nutrition standards reflect the latest science on healthy diets.
Whats new on the menu? Whole-grain cereals and breads; canned or dried beans; brown rice or tofu; jarred baby food; and cash-value checks for veggies and fruit. Also only non- and low-fat milk will be available, except for children age 2 or younger.
This change is coming at a time when childhood obesity is one of our greatest public-health challenges, State Health Commissioner Richard Daines says.