Health and Nutrition

WIC provides tools to help you and your family have a happier and healthier lifestyle. The top six leading causes of death in the United States are linked to poor diets. Be a positive example and encourage a healthier lifestyle by preparing a nutritious, home-cooked meal and by being physically active. Leading a healthy lifestyle can be fun and WIC is here to help support you!

What are the benefits of a healthy diet?

  • Children need nutrients to grow and develop.
  • A balanced diet gives your body energy to get through the day!
  • Water helps with digestion.
  • Healthy eating reduces many diseases including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
  • Eating a healthy breakfast improves mood and brain function.

Talk with a WIC Counselor today to develop a personal meal plan for your family!

Tips for a Healthier Diet:

  1. Enjoy your food!
  2. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  3. Eat whole-grains.
  4. Follow serving sizes on nutrition labels and recipes.
  5. Eat slowly.
  6. Drink water instead of soda.
  7. Eat together as a family when possible.
  8. Turn off the TV and electronics during meals.

Looking for more information on Health and Nutrition for you and your family? Here are a few good brochures to help you get started:

  1. How to use fruits and vegetables to help manage your weight
  2. Health eating for preschoolers
  3. Guide to buying fresh fruits and vegetables

You can also go to for other health and nutrition information!

Ithaca Festival Parade with WIC!

The Tompkins County WIC office will be taking part in the Ithaca Festival Parade on June 2nd and is looking for participants to march with us to support WIC and breastfeeding! Click on link to see attached poster for details.

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Clinic Closure

The clinic is open on Wednesday May 10th from 8:30am-12:30pm and will be closed for the remainder of the day. The clinic will reopen on Thursday May 11th at 8:00am.

Tip: Have fun with your Food!!

Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create fun shapes out of whole wheat bread. Top with berries or nut butter for added flavor.   Come up with more fun food ideas. Have fun with the kids and come with more activities!!

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