The CDC has revealed a decrease in the number of child obesity cases registered in 2014 and featuring low-income families registered in the WIC program.
WIC or Women, Infants, and Children Program is a state, federal grants system which funds and supplements health care referrals, foods, and nutrition education.
The program was developed for low-income families or mothers-to-be as well as children under the age of five. The respective children may have been found to potentially suffer from nutritional risks.
CDC or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.
Their study analyzed the obesity rates registered in Minnesota in 2014 as compared to 2014. According to the analyzed data, the WIC registered rates registered a decrease in 2014.
WIC obesity rates for children aged 2 to 4 fell from their 2010 12.7 percent to a 12.3 percent in 2014. This value places Minnesota on the eighth position in terms of the lowest child obesity rates.
According to The State of Obesity statistics, the national children’s 2014 obesity rate was of 14.5 percent.
Their data also shows that the WIC children program registered lower rates than even its neighboring states of Iowa, North and South Dakota, or Wisconsin.
Registers show that amongst the 2 to 5 age group, one out of three every child is registered in the Minnesota WIC program.
Dr. Ed Ehlinger, the Minnesota Commissioner of Health, congratulated the results. As such, both the WIC and the other community partners’ activities seem to be having an effect.
WIC is amongst the promoters of a healthy eating and living as it offers nutrition education for both infant and small children and their families.
According to Ehlinger, WIC offers children a good start to a healthy life and weight. He goes to continue by pointing out that such activities should continue being invested into so as to ensure their results.
Minnesota has established a Statewide Health Improvement Program or SHIP which supports communities and seek to expand their healthy living programs.
Such programs support active living and healthy eating so as to reduce the obesity rates and lead to healthy adults.
The programs are mostly targeting child care facilities, schools, health care, workplaces, and the communities in general.
SHIP is offering grants to various organizations that focus on families with young or infant children. As of January 2016, SHIP was partnered with 266 child care providers.
These offered support to about 8,591 children, with three-quarters of the providers targeting low-income families.
The providers working with SHIP, just as WIC, are offered trainings and assistance in providing and improving their programs. These include physical activity and healthy, proper eating, as well as breastfeeding supporting.
As the WIC reported lower child obesity rates, back in September, the CDC announced a lower state adult obesity rate.
CDC reported that the Minnesota adult obesity fell in 2015 as compared to 2014 from a 27.6 to a 26.1 percent.
The centers also stated that Minnesota is the only state amongst its neighbors to have an obesity rate lower than 30 percent.
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