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Project Background and Implementation Manual

In this section you will find background information on the Fit WIC project, as well as the the Fit WIC Implementation Manual:

Project Background
The Surgeon General has alerted the nation to the rapidly rising rate of childhood obesity, particularly among low-income children of color. The predicted consequences of this epidemic, both for our nation's health and for our economy, motivate a strong effort to confront its causes and work toward its prevention.

In 1998, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded a childhood obesity prevention initiative called Fit WIC. The purpose of this initiative was to examine how the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) could better respond to the issue of childhood obesity. The USDA recognized that WIC has widespread access to the population of young low-income children that is at greatest risk for obesity, and that reaching very young children is critical to any prevention strategy.

Implementation Manual
The Fit WIC implementation manual contains the experiences of the five Fit WIC Project Teams, their procedures, requirements, problems experienced, suggested solutions, outcomes, lessons learned and recommendations. The manual presents five intervention programs that can be implemented in your WIC agency or in other community agencies directed toward the prevention of overweight in young children.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Assessments
Chapter 3: Overviews
Chapter 4: California
Chapter 5: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
Chapter 6: Kentucky
Chapter 7: Vermont
Chapter 8: Virginia
Chapter 9: Lessons Learned and Recommendations
Chapter 10: Resources
Chapter 11: Acknowledgments
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