WIC is your go-to resource for eating well, staying active and being healthy. WIC supports you with tips for healthier eating, breastfeeding and being physically active, along with providing wholesome food choices for your family. To do so, WIC offers Nutrition Education activities throughout the year. Completing two nutrition activities each year, between WIC appointments, will keep your WIC food benefits active.
During COVID, many Vermont WIC families may not have done nutrition activities. WIC will begin requiring nutrition activities again starting October 1, 2022. Your local WIC office will send a reminder by text to complete a nutrition activity when it is due (if you are opted into to receive WIC texts) or by letter.
WIC nutritionists guide you through different topics like nutritional cooking, shopping, “Baby Behavior” talks, breastfeeding workshops and Fit WIC activities. To find out what’s happening in your area:
ask your WIC nutritionist,
check out local WIC Activities,
call your local WIC office.
Work with a WIC nutritionist to set, plan, maintain your personal nutrition goals for you and your family. This one-on-one approach can be tailored to fit your schedule and the unique needs of your family as it grows and changes over time.
*Note–because of COVID-19 safety requirements, most in-person counseling will be by phone until further notice.
Complete a variety of lessons on pregnancy, breastfeeding, and issues concerning your children. There are even recipes for picky eaters and cooking demonstrations. Log on to the wichealth.org website anytime, anywhere you have internet access and a smartphone, computer or tablet. wichealth.org is a great resource for parents and a simple way to meet your education activity requirements.
The first time you visit wichealth.org, you’ll need to create an account, so have your family’s 6-digit WIC household ID number ready. If you don’t have an ID number, call your local office.
Nurturing your family's appetite for nutritious foods begins with breastfeeding and making your own baby foods and evolves from cooking for your child to cooking with your child, handing down food memories and healthy traditions along the way.
Need help making the most of your WIC foods? We've got the tools you need to incorporate wholesome WIC foods into your menus and to prepare healthy meals for your family. Our nutritionists can work with you to turn whole grain pasta into a dinner that your child will eat…and even love. Maybe you're looking for ways to work beans or more fruits and vegetables into your menus? We've got you covered! Check out the recipes below that use WIC foods, or call your Local Health Office to connect with a WIC Nutritionist for more ideas. For more recipes and cooking videos using WIC foods, check out wichealth.org's Health eKitchen section.
Choose fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season for the best quality and flavor. Stock up when the vegetables or fruits you use often are on sale, or when the large size bag is a better buy. For quick side dishes and less prep time, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are convenient, easy to store and recipe ready. Purchase canned or frozen fruits and vegetables when they are on sale since they last a long time.