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Fit WIC: Attitudes, Perceptions and Practices of WIC Staff toward Addressing Childhood Overweight

The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes, perceptions, and practices of WIC staff in Virginia, in educating WIC participants about topics related to childhood overweight. WIC staff reported a lack of comfort, practice, and confidence in addressing childhood overweight. researchers concluded that staff training, health promotion programs, and culturally relevant educational materials would help staff become knowledgeable and promote self-efficacy about childhood overweight-related topics.

Diet, Activity, and Overweight among a Sample of Preschool-Age Children Enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

This study investigated the associations between demographic, consumption, and activity variables and being overweight or at risk of becoming overweight for 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in the WIC Program. The researchers found that 38% of the children were overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Furthermore, race and ethnicity, increased non-juice drink consumption, and low levels of physical activity were associated with being overweight or at risk of becoming overweight.

Compliance with Dietary Guidelines and Relationship to Psychosocial Factors in Low-Income Women in Late Postpartum

This study evaluated whether low-income late postpartum women complied with the dietary guidelines. researchers found low compliance rates for recommended intake of grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy foods, total fat, and added sugar. They also found that several psychosocial factors were associated with unhealthy diets, including neglect of self-care, weight-related distress, negative body image, stress, and depressive symptoms.

Federal Nutrition Program Revisions Impact Low-Income Households’ Food Purchases

WIC food package revisions appear associated with improved nutritional profiles of food purchases among WIC participating households compared with low-income nonparticipating households. These package revisions may encourage WIC families to make healthier choices among their overall packaged food purchases. WIC households purcase fewed calories, less sodium sugar and total fat along with refined grains, grain desserts and SSB. They also purchase more fruits and vegetables

National and State-Level Estimates of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Eligibles and Program Reach in 2014, and Updated Estimates for 2005-2013

This report, the latest in a series of annual reports on WIC eligibility, presents 2014 national and State estimates of the number of people eligible for WIC benefits and the percent of the eligible population covered by the program, including estimates by participant category. The report also provides estimates by region, State, U.S. territory, and race and ethnicity, as well as updated estimates for years 2005–2013.