Survey shows NH WIC participants eating healthier

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A national survey shows that low-income New Hampshire women and children have been eating healthier since the federal government made changes to the food benefits they receive.

In 2009, the government-funded Women, Infants and Children program began offering more healthy foods, including vouchers that could be used for fresh fruits and vegetables. State health officials said this week that a survey of WIC participants in New Hampshire taken before the changes and again last spring showed significant improvements.

Among women, there was a 74 percent increase in those who said they ate vegetables three or more times per day, and there was a similar increase for children. Both women and children reported consuming more fruit, and whole grains as well.

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