New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Celebrates National Public Health Week
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces that income eligibility for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program has changed as of April 1, 2009. Per federal regulations issued by the US Department of Agriculture, the income guidelines have increased slightly. A family of four persons may now earn up to $40, 793 yearly, $3,400 monthly, or $785 weekly, based on gross income.
WIC is a public health nutrition program for pregnant women, new mothers, and infants and children up to the age of 5 years. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and vouchers for select food in grocery stores.
“The Department encourages families with young children to apply for WIC to help provide healthy foods for their family,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of the Division of Public Health Services at DHHS. “Good nutrition is crucial for ensuring that babies and young children grow up healthy and reach their full potential.”
WIC recommends that mothers breastfeed their baby, switch to 1% lowfat milk or skim milk for anyone older than 2 years old, eat more fruits and vegetables, drink less juice and sweetened beverages, and eat more whole grain breads and cereals.
In October 2009, in New Hampshire and nationally, WIC Programs will also be adding new healthy foods to the food packages, including: fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables; whole grain breads and cereals; and baby foods. These changes will provide WIC families with much more variety and assure a healthy nutritious diet for women and children.
For more information or to enroll in the WIC Program, call 1-800-942-4321. Or visit the New Hampshire WIC Program website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/DHHS/WIC/default.htm.