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WIC Nutrition - Obesity Prevention Mini Grant (OPMG)

America’s obesity problem has been escalating for over four decades and childhood obesity in the United States has more than tripled in the past two decades.  The State WIC agency encourages local WIC agencies to develop strategies to prevent obesity among WIC participants and develop a worksite wellness plan for staff as well. Cooking demonstrations, establishing walking groups and community gardens are just some ideas local WIC agencies can do to combat obesity and its negative impact on health.

Local WIC agencies may apply for the Obesity Prevention Mini Grant from the state WIC agency each fiscal year to help fund obesity prevention activities in the community.

Objectives of the Obesity Prevention Mini Grant:

  • Promote and support healthy lifestyles for WIC families and WIC staff
  • Involve the whole family to move towards healthier eating and regular physical activity
  • Support parents in making healthy food choices and eating a variety of foods
  • Help parents develop parenting skills and become good role models for their children

Local WIC agencies that are funded are required to:

  • Write an article for the WIC News when requested
  • Submit mid-year and end of year reports
  • Listen in on conference calls for updates

Examples of Projects:

  • Implement a class or series of classes for overweight kids and their parents
  • Implement a series of cooking classes demonstrating the use of WIC foods
  • Conduct a health fair or health carnival at the clinic
  • Start a gardening class and use the funding to develop a demonstration garden and/or staff to teach the classes
  • Start community gardens
  • Conduct supermarket tours to educate participants
  • Contract a personal trainer or fitness professional to provide brief exercise demonstrations to participants or staff
  • Implement stronger breastfeeding initiatives among WIC participants

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact your Nutrition Education Liaison or Angela Gil, RD, LD, Nutrition Education Consultant, at 512-341-4590 or Angela.Gil@dshs.state.tx.us.


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Last updated July 9, 2014