Food and Nutrition Resources
Good, healthy food is essential for all children to achieve their physical and developmental potential, but being overweight can lead to serious health problems. To assure that children and youth with special health care needs are well-nourished, maintain a healthy weight, and are able to function in the activities of daily life, the following resoruces are provided.
CCSHCN Healthy Weight Partners
CCSHCN urges everyone to remember 5-2-1-0
- Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day
- Limit TV & other screen time to 2 hours or less a day
- Participate in at least 1 hour of physical activity a day
- 0 soda and sugar-sweetened drinks
Check out the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s 5-2-1-0 website.
Food Insecurity/Hunger Programs
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – commonly known as food stamps, this program helps people with little or no money buy food for healthy meals at participating stores. Food benefits increase a household's food buying power when added to the household's money. Any household meeting basic income and other requirements may be able to receive food benefits.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) – a short-term intervention program designed to influence lifetime nutrition and health behavior in high-risk populations. WIC provides nutrition education and services, breastfeeding promotion and education and access to maternal, prenatal and pediatric health-care services. For more information contact your local Health Department. Be sure to be aware of the WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program and the WIC Fit Program!
Abbott Nutrition Pathway Support System assists families with reimbursement issues/questions for their products. Pathway provides reimbursement information and assists in determining coverage for individuals who have Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. This is helpful when encountering situations where families need assistance paying for Abbott Nutrition Products such as Pediasure, Elecare, Ensure, Jevity, Glucerna, or Vital. The Pathways HelpLine number is (800) 558-7677 or visit their website.
Other Nutrition Resources