GROWING UP FIT: eWIC program switching from paper vouchers to cards

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - In this month's "Growing Up Fit" segment, the Pitt County Health Department is encouraging everyone to start the New Year off with healthier eating and physical activity.

The WIC supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children provides nutrition education, healthy foods, breastfeeding education and referrals for families.

Eligible individuals may include children up to 5-years-old and pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women. Eligibility is based on income and nutrition assessment.

New in 2018 -- WIC is changing from a paper voucher system to the eWIC card (EBT) at the end of January. Participants will no longer need to separate WIC foods from other groceries during checkout and there will be an app and online program where each participant can check their food balance.

The Pitt County HealthDepartment is hosting a "Fun Day" on January 17 from 2-4pm to offer samples and demonstrations of tasty recipes made with WIC foods and offer ideas for physical activity. The theme is "Got Dairy?" and one of the recipes will feature a calcium rich yogurt parfait made from items that are WIC-approved.

You can find more information by calling the WIC office at 252-902-2393.