Nutrition’s not black and white. Yes or no.
Good or bad. It’s a lot of balance.
Colleen, WIC dietitian, and so I like to talk about food.
A lot of our clients
do eat meals from a box or can.
All day, every day. Every meal they’re having that.
Some of it they just don’t get taught
because that’s what they always were fed growing up.
And that’s the only thing they know.
The cost of healthy foods
definitely comes up, that’s a big barrier.
Not everyone’s looking at the long-term
health choices. They’re thinking
I have five dollars in my pocket,
and what can I buy for that. So in the short
term feeding your family doesn’t always
equal long-term health.
So they come to us to apply for the benefits of the WIC program.
Finding out what the parents
know about nutrition what they know
about the foods that they’re feeding
their kids, and to know what they’re
interested in learning about.
What they’re interested in changing.
Sometimes we can have our treats and sugar,
and special foods. But most days we’re
not going to have that.
Good nutrition is eating the plate method.
That’s half your plate fruits and vegetables.
The other portion whole grains and protein.
Anytime we talk about exercise it’s
really just play. Turning on some music
having a dance party, or just moving around.
So instead of sitting at the TV or on a screen.
or Just getting those kids up and moving.
When my little boy’s talking about
knowing what fruits and vegetables are
and how healthy they are for us.
Telling grandpa not to eat too many chips
because he knows those are not
good for us.
That’s what drives my passion.
That’s why I do what I do. And little by little
hopefully they’re sharing the message
with their friends, but I know just
working with one family that affects everyone.
That affects the kids,
that affects maybe that unborn baby’s health,
and everyone you know in their small
circle of friends and family.
So usually it doesn’t just affect
that one person it actually works best,
and is great when we see that the whole
family is making the change together.