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Nutrition Services

Breastfeeding - Learn about the new Kentucky breastfeeding law that protects mothers and babies. This site also offers information about the advantages of breastfeeding and breastfeeding basics.

Eat More Fruits & Veggies - A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is key to good health.

Healthy Lifestyles - Find current, accurate, helpful information about health and lifestyle improvement for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women.

Medical Nutrition Therapy - Locate a dietitian who can help you with nutrition tips and menu ideas. Learn about laws and regulations for the dietetics profession.

Kentucky WIC FIT - Find book titles, games and songs about nutrition and physical activity to use with your children. Other information includes manuscripts and an award-winning video about nutrition counseling.

WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) - If you are pregnant, have just had a baby, are breastfeeding or have a child younger than 5, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) could help you.

The Nutrition Services Branch administers the federally funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children WIC Program that provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding information when appropriate and referral for intensive care to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children at nutritional risk. 

Studies have shown that pregnant women who participate in WIC have fewer premature births, fewer low birth weight babies and seek prenatal care earlier. Breastfeeding promotion is a component of the WIC Program. For mothers, breastfeeding reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer. For the infant, breastfeeding protects against infectious diseases and is related to lower rates of obesity, childhood cancer and asthma.

Nutritionists in local health departments provide medical nutrition therapy (individual intensive nutrition counseling) and community nutrition programs such as Choose 1 percent or Less. 

This sub-program also administers a statewide obesity, nutrition and physical activity program, funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to decrease the incidence of obesity. The program has developed the Kentucky Nutrition and Physical Activity State Action Plan and encourages healthy lifestyle changes and choices, like regular exercise and a healthy diet, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. 


Last Updated 2/8/2016