Ocean County Promotes Family Nutrition in March

Mar 14, 2018

March is National Nutrition Month, and the Ocean County Health Department is taking the opportunity to promote the WIC Program, which assists nutritionally at-risk pregnant women, postpartum women, and infants and children through age 5.

WIC – an acronym for women, infants and children – “allows for the provision of vital services within Ocean County to the residents most in need of our attention, compassion and guidance,” noted Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “It is our hope that as many eligible people as possible avail themselves of WIC, as nothing is of greater importance than the health of mothers and children in Ocean County.”

Participants in the WIC Program are supplied supplemental nutritious food; nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics; and screening and referrals to other health, welfare and social services.”

Staff from the Ocean County WIC Program, including a nutritionist and breastfeeding experts, will be at the Ocean County Mall – County Connection, near the JCPenney in Toms River, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 19 and 21 to discuss National Nutrition Month and the benefits of the WIC Program.

“Feeding a family a healthy meal on a budget can be challenging, but there are solutions,” said Meg McCarthy-Klein, OCHD Nutrition Program Coordinator. “Our nutrition experts will be available during this two-day event to educate and offer guidance to get you on the path to a healthier diet and lifestyle.”

For more information on the WIC Program, call 732-341-9700 or visit ochd.org. —J.K.-H.

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