Changes Made to the Texas WIC Nutrition Program

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

TEXAS - Participants in the Texas WIC Nutrition Program are seeing some big changes.

Officials are working to make sure everything that goes on the table receives a good bill of health.

This is the first major overhaul in WIC food packages.

And officials say so far, everything seems to be going according to plan.

Some of the new items added to the list include fruits and veggies, two percent milk, and tofu.

The move was to instill a healthy lifestyle for all the participants and their families.

A local WIC Coordinator says this change will benefit the entire community's health.

"Times have changed and the major health problem that we are up against now is obesity and obesity brings along diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, and those kinds of things and so the new foods that we are offering are geared to try and help slow things down or  help eliminate those issues," Local WIC Coordinator, Cynthia Hernandez, said.

All communities where the WIC program is available have seen these changes.

The WIC Office in Midland serves 16 Counties and all are taking part.