WIC COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS GREATER
ACCESS TO FRUITS, VEGETABLES
A scientific panel assembled by the National Academies'
Institute of Medicine (IOM) has recommended that America's most
nutritionally at-risk citizens be given greater access to a wide
variety of fruits and vegetables.
The IOM committee reviewing the nutritional and
health value of foods made available via the nation's largest
nutrition assistance program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition
Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), announced Wednesday
(April 27) that a much wider choice of fruits and vegetables should
be made available to WIC program participants.
"The WIC program is now on its way to meeting
today's health challenges, thanks to this much-needed menu overhaul,"
said Elizabeth Pivonka, president of the Produce for Better Health
Foundation, which encouraged the changes. "By making more
fruits and vegetables available, we can help our nation's neediest
consumers achieve better health and control their weight, issues
the creators of the original malnutrition-focused food list couldn't
have imagined 30 years ago."
The committee's report now goes to USDA for that
agency's review and action.
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