NH DHHS - Local WIC Agencies Awarded Grants to Encourage Fitness

Concord, NH: Local WIC (Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Services) agencies in Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Merrimack, Rockingham, and Strafford Counties applied for and recently received grants totaling $10,821 from the HNHfoundation. The money is to support the agencies’ FitWIC physical activity and nutrition education activities.

The WIC program in New Hampshire, administered by the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), provides nutrition education and nutritious foods to help keep income-eligible pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and preschool children healthy and strong. Fit WIC is a US Department of Agriculture special grant awarded to DHHS to promote age-appropriate physical play for young children.

“The WIC Nutrition Program is an important means of helping to ensure that pregnant and nursing mothers and very young children receive proper nutrition and with FitWIC appropriate physical activity” said Mary Ann Cooney, Director of DHHS Division of Public Health Services.

“Congratulations to the grant recipients and I extend my appreciation to the HNHfoundation for contributing to the success of the WIC program.”

Grant funds will be used to purchase physical activity and nutrition materials, such as nutrition books, state park passes, and activity mats and balls, for use with the WIC families with young children, in an effort to reduce increasing rates of overweight and obesity.

“WIC agencies are a perfect fit for our grant efforts to support healthy nutrition and increased physical activity for preschool children,” said Sandi Van Scoyoc, President of the HNHfoundation, “and we are pleased to be able to work with WIC to promote healthy families.”

To learn more about the WIC Program in New Hampshire, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/DHHS/WIC/default.htm