WIC Supports Healthy Lifestyles
WIC can give you the tools you need to grow strong, happy and healthy kids. Eating well and keeping active are the keys. Lead the way by being a good example for them. 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. Find out how you can get fit with WIC.
Where are You Now?
Find out your BMI (Body Mass Index) to spot possible weight problems. This is a measure of your body fat based on height and weight. If a child has a high or low BMI he or she will need further screening by your health care provider. 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? Go to MyPlate to find out.
Walking, playing games and riding a bike are just a few ways to help keep you and your kids 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.
Parents can get kids off to an active start in life by being active themselves and getting their kids moving. The NYS WIC Program supports activities that are right for your child's age as part of nutrition education by training all local agencies in Fit WIC.
Eat a variety of nutrient-packed foods every day. Include vegetables and fruits, 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. Reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and certain cancers, and live longer.
The WIC Program provides foods you need and counseling/education so you and your family can eat well.