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APHA applauds WIC food package changes.

Proposed changes to food packages distributed through the federal Women, Infants and Children Program are a step in the right direction, according to APHA.

With the help of members from the Association's Food and Nutrition Section, APHA lent its support to proposed revisions to WIC food packages that include the addition of fruits, vegetables and whole grains; improved intake of iron, fiber and vitamin E; and reduced amounts of saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium. The proposed changes also help encourage and support breastfeeding and are more consistent with the federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans, stated the letter to Patricia Daniels, director of the Supplemental Food Programs Division at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The letter also recommends that fruit and vegetable vouchers for breastfeeding women be increased by $2 to a total of $10.

APHA signed onto another letter to Daniels in support of removing canned albacore tuna from WIC food packages for breastfeeding women and of adding canned sardines and salmon. According to the letter, which was initiated by Environmental Defense, the change is in line with research showing pregnant women should avoid fish containing high levels of mercury.
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Title Annotation:APHA ADVOCATES: Recent actions on public health by APHA; American Public Health Association; Women, Infants and Children
Publication:The Nation's Health
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2007
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