flexible WIC program that will continue to serve the nutritional needs of WIC recipients and improve the health of women, infants, and children in the United States.

SUMMARY

The set of revised WIC food packages holds potential to benefit the nutrition and health of the nation’s low-income women, infants, and children. However, effective implementation and nationwide adoption of the changes need to be preceded not only by administrative adjustments of the WIC program but also by a series of pilot studies and randomized, controlled trials to test and, if necessary, to improve the revisions. In addition, careful planning is needed to develop workable implementation procedures among all parties (Box 7-1), improve breastfeeding promotion and support, and effectively relate nutrition education to the revised food packages. Adoption of the plan to increase flexibility, variety, and participant choices described in this report is integral to meeting the criteria used by this committee in the redesign of the WIC food packages.



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