The WIC program provides temporary assistance to families during those brief periods in which it can be a more challenging time. These times include pregnancy, birth, life after a new baby and those first 5 years in a child's life. The WIC program offers checks to buy healthy foods such as: milk, fruits and vegetables, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans or peas, peanut butter, whole grain breads, tortillas or brown rice, baby foods, infant formula and baby food, tofu and soy milk if needed and canned fish for those women that exclusively breastfeed. In addition, WIC helps in finding health care and other services and offers nutrition and health education for women and children and education and support fore breastfeeding babies. There is a series of nutrition education classes held year round where WIC program participants attend classes with different topics such as breastfeeding, infant behavior and cues, feeding your 0-6 month old, feeding your older infant 9-12 month old as well as health and nutrition topics that change very 2-3 months.
Participating in the WIC program during pregnancy can improve pregnancy outcomes for women and could save money in possible medical bills and children who enroll n the WIC program are more likely to maintain a healthy diet and a healthy weight.
For more information on WIC, please see the WIC website.
Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention (NEOP)
The Yolo County Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) Program provides nutrition education, resources, environmental support, and other activities and events throughout the county. With a focus on the low-income population, NEOP supports CalFresh in teaching their clients how to manage their money, how to shop for healthy and affordable foods, and how to make healthy choices for their meals, snacks, and beverages. Currently, NEOP is working on a variety of projects in different settings including schools, family resource centers, rehabilitation centers, and the Yolo County Service Centers. The program promotes campaigns such as "Harvest of the Month" and "Rethink your Drink" and their services in thee community typically involve partnering with other community agencies to host nutrition classes, cooking demos, taste tests, retail environments improvement, and general promotion.
Important Resources for You
For more information on National Nutrition Month, please visit:Nationalnutritionmonth.org
For easy, healthy, and affordable recipes and general nutrition information, please visit:
- Yolo County Food Service Directory, May 2016
Looking for a Yolo County RDN to provide nutrition training or resources to your staff?
Please e-mail: Rhea Napeek, RDN – Public Health Nutritionist