The Virginia Department of Health's Nutrition Services Team is a group of energetic
and enthusiastic public health nutritionists who are committed to practicing and
promoting good health. We are health professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge
and expertise to the area of nutrition.
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in our society as we super size our food
and decrease our level of physical activity. We are working on a variety of exciting
initiatives, including a project aimed at fighting overweight in school age children.
Are you eating enough fruits and veggies? You know eating more fruits and veggies
can lower your risk of cancer and heart disease not to mention keep you regular!
Breastfeeding promotes good health! We just completed focus groups with moms and
dads to see why they choose to breastfeed or bottlefeed. This year we will use this
information to develop ways to increase breastfeeding rates among different cultures.
We will continue to encourage all women to take enough
folic acid to prevent birth defects. Do you know how much folic acid you need
every day? All women of childbearing age should get 400 micrograms/day.
The new Approved Food List (2012) for the Virginia WIC Program becomes effective April 1, 2012. Select these links to download a copy of the English or Spanish version of these publications.