Eating Well is a Powerful Tool to Help Prevent and Manage Diabetes
COVID-19 does not stop the need to address other health issues we may have. In fact, it reminds us how important it is to keep ourselves as healthy as possible. November is American Diabetes Month, and we want to share about one program that is working hard to support people who have or are at risk for diabetes.
Eating well is a powerful tool to help prevent and manage diabetes and our Women, Infant, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) is here to help. The WIC program helps income qualified, pregnant mothers and families with children under age 5 have access to healthy food and nutrition education. WIC staff will work with families to figure out a way to eat healthy that fits life by understanding meal plans, meal and snack timing, food portions and foods to avoid to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Some women may develop diabetes while they are pregnant. This is called gestational diabetes. Our WIC Registered Dietitian Nutritionists counsel our participants with gestational diabetes and work with them to stay healthy throughout their pregnancy. Also, the regular WIC food package for pregnant women provides foods that are appropriate for gestational diabetes.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, WIC is continuing to provide benefits via telephone for qualified women, infants and children. Appointments for new and existing participants are available at all WIC clinics. Call 509.324.1620 to find out if you qualify for WIC and how it can help you.