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Staying safe and eating right
by Andrea Tyrell
Aug 21, 2013 | 1140 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
According to the Centers of Disease Control, most kids in the United States do not eat the daily recommendation of 2 and half to 6 cups of fruits and vegetables. With the rising cost of food, many parents cannot afford fresh groceries to feed their families. Many government services help to solve that problem, including Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

The Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada WIC will host a Family Fun Festival Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its office parking lot, located at 680 Greenbrae Drive. This event is free to the public.

“Many don’t know where we’re located as we’re a little hidden,” said Dawn Halona-Brown, vendor coordinator at Inter-Tribal Council. “There are a lot of people who are qualified for WIC and don’t know it.

The Family Fun Festival will have food demonstrations taught by WIC nutritionists, helping parents make vegetables more delectable to their picky eaters.

“We’re going to teach parents how to make nutritious meals out of the food they receive in the WIC packages,” said Halona-Brown. “Depending on the time of the year, the packages are filled with different produce and sometimes, parents don’t know how to properly cook something.”

“We provide families with quality fresh fruit and vegetables,” said Tara Olson, a nutritionist with the Inter-Tribal Council. “We actually have pretty lenient guidelines so a lot of people can qualify. We’re available to help those not working to the middle class.”

The Sparks Fire and Police departments will be at the event, providing child fingerprinting services, as well as REMSA’s Northern Nevada Fitting Station, which will be teaching parents make sure their child car seats are accurately belted and secure. Case del Vida and the Crisis Call Center will also be on site with information about the services they offer.

WIC is a federally funded program that provides foods and teaches nutrition and healthy eating habits to children from infant to age five and mothers, pregnant through post postpartum.

“We just wanted to gather together as a team to promote WIC and let everyone know that we’re here to help,” said Halona-Brown.

For more information about this event and the WIC program, visit itcnwicprogram.org or call 398-4960.
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