WIC program sees drop in obesity rates

obesity rates drop in WIC

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – According to a new report, children participating in the Women, Infants and Children program are experiencing less obesity.

WIC helps low-income mothers provide healthy food for their children.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 12.7 percent of children in the program were obese in 2010, but that dropped to 12.3 percent just four years later.

This program is designed to give mothers the opportunity to choose healthier foods for their families. The hope is that once the family is out of the program, they will make healthier choices on their own.

“We concentrate on opportunities for people to make decisions in their own life that will be better for their own family,” said Jane Samuelson, coordinator for WIC. “When women come to WIC, they’re pregnant and they can participate throughout their pregnancy, as postpartum women and then with their children through age 5.”

According to the CDC, Minnesota’s adult obesity rate is also decreasing. It went from 27.6 percent in 2014 to 26.1 percent last year.

One out of three children ages 2 to 5 is served by WIC in Minnesota.

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