To increase awareness of whole grain benefits, the CAI Northern Essex WIC program has implemented “Try It Tuesdays”. Each Tuesday WIC will feature a new recipe using the whole grains that are available to WIC clients.
WIC participants receive a monthly benefit that includes five whole grain options: whole wheat bread, whole wheat or corn tortillas, brown rice or whole wheat pasta. Debra Luther (pictured above), a WIC employee for more than 20 years, is developing the whole grain recipes. Whole grain health benefits include better weight maintenance and reduced risk of diseases, including coronary heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. WIC staff advises children and adults to have at least two–three servings of whole grains daily for optimal nutrition.