THE EFFECT OF REVISED WIC FOOD PACKAGES ON NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • A study was conducted to demonstrate the effect of revised WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children) food packages on Native American children. The new WIC food packages, incorporate healthier food options and exclude some less healthy option. The study sample consisted of 1,642 Native American WIC children ages two-four who received WIC food packages and primarily drank cow's milk. Although the amount of milk offered was reduced and whole milk was no longer offered in the new WIC food package, comparison of pre- and post-WIC changes data showed no change in the amount of milk consumed per day by Native American children. The overall increase in the frequency of whole wheat bread consumption and reduction in frequency of white bread consumption in the post-survey period compared to the pre-survey period indicate that provision of WIC food vouchers to purchase whole grain food items and the nutrition education provided by WIC agencies have a significant effect on the behavior of children who participate in the WIC program.

published proceedings

  • AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Ishdorj, A., & Capps, O. J.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Ishdorj, Ariun||Capps, Oral Jr

publication date

  • January 1, 2013 11:11 AM

publisher