WIC Supports Healthy Lifestyles

WIC can provide you and your family the tools you need to live a healthy lifestyle. It is important to eat well and keep active. Lead the way by being a good example for your children. Swap the cheeseburger for a salad. Turn off the TV and go outside to play catch, shoot some hoops, or take a walk with your child. The WIC Program will work with you and support your efforts.

Where are you now?

Find out your and your child’s BMI (Body Mass Index) to spot possible weight problems. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. Want to know your or your child's BMI? Go to the BMI Calculator.

Don't know how many calories you or your child need every day? To find out go to MyPlate Plan.

Keep Active

Walking, playing games and riding a bike are just a few ways to help keep you and your children at a healthy weight. Keeping active is also important for growth and development in infants and children. Children who are active feel better about themselves and do better in school. Children need to learn basic motor skills (walking, jumping, hopping and skipping) when they are young. They will build on these skills to be able to do other activities such as riding bikes, roller skating and team sports. The WIC Program supports activities that are right for you and your children.

Eat Well

Eat a variety of nutrient-packed foods every day. Include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein, and low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, cheeses and other dairy products. Limit the amount of fats, salt (sodium), and added sugars you eat. Eating well may help reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and certain cancers.

The WIC Program provides foods you need and counseling/education so you and your family can eat well.

Infant Feeding, Growth, and Development