Resources and Publications

Fit WIC Logo

Fit WIC Missouri

Preventing Childhood Overweight

Fit WIC is a nationwide program to prevent childhood overweight in the WIC community. The following is a list of educational materials that may help you and your family to eat healthier and be more physically active.

From Food and Fun for Families
Food and Fun for Families is a gallery of State-developed, printable materials originally developed for the Fit WIC obesity prevention initiative. All materials are available on the web The materials are organized into four topic areas: Active Play, Family Meals, Fruits and Vegetables and Water.


Active Play

Fit WIC News

Healthful eating and physical activity focused newsletters (2-page color) help parents and caregivers teach children that healthy foods and family meals are important family times for enjoying good food and sharing time together.

Recommended Series Titles:

Kids Know Best/Get Moving

Make Mealtimes Happy Times/Play Everyday

Let Your Kids Help in the Kitchen/Take Time to Play

Playing With Your 3 to 5 Year Old
This color tri-fold brochure includes examples of age appropriate activities, lists of toys and games and explains why active play is important for your 3 to 5 year old.  Also available in Spanish.

Playing With Your Baby
This color tri-fold brochure includes examples of activities, lists of toys and games and the reasons why active play is so important for baby’s development. Also available in Spanish.

Playing With Your Toddler
This color tri-fold brochure includes examples of age appropriate activities, lists of toys and games and explains why play is important for your toddler. Also available in Spanish.

Fit WIC Families: Activities for Learning about Nutrition and Physical Activity
This comprehensive resource manual (23-page color) for WIC families is designed to introduce nutrition and new foods to preschool children, help caregivers establish good feeding relationships with their children and provide nutrition and active play activities for the whole family. This is a family-centered approach with a caregiver and preschooler section. Activities include both the nutrition and physical activity component.

Fit WIC Activities
This 45-page color notebook for parents and their preschoolers is designed to help foster children’s health and development through active physical play. The book is full of ideas for playing actively, building physical skills and finding new places in the community to play.


Family Meals

Feeding Children With Love: Activity for Caregivers
The goal of this group discussion session is to present the roles of the caregiver and child in the feeding relationship and to provide tips for successful mealtimes.  Part of Fit WIC Families: Activities for Learning about Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Fit WIC News
Healthful eating and physical activity focused newsletters (2-page color) help parents and caregivers teach children that healthy foods and family meals are important family times for enjoying good food and sharing time together. 

Recommended Series Titles:

Kids Know Best/Get Moving

Make Mealtimes Happy Times/Play Everyday

Let Your Kids Help in the Kitchen/Take Time to Play

I’m Hungry As A Bear – Activity for Preschoolers
The goal of this lesson is to help children become aware of when they are hungry or full, as well as introduce them to new foods and new ways to prepare foods. Part of Fit WIC Families: Activities for Learning about Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Make Meals Memorable
Participant handout provides tips for happy meals, lists the benefits of eating together as a family and gives examples of what to expect from your toddler and preschooler at mealtimes. This tri-fold color brochure is also available in Spanish.

What Foods and How Much to Feed Your Family – Activity for Caregivers
The goal of this group discussion session is to brainstorm foods that are appropriate for children (type of food and amount) and to identify the benefits of choosing healthy foods.


Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetable Party: Activity for Preschoolers
The goal of this lesson is to teach children the importance of eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, as well as introduce them to new vegetables and ways to prepare them. Note:Could also use carrots and peanut dip from I Love Carrots: Activity for Preschoolers, to emphasize this message. Part of Fit WIC Families: Activities for Learning about Nutrition and Physical Activity.


Water

Water Group Education Kit
This group education lesson plan is designed to assist participants in identifying beverages high in sugar and develop strategies for making drinking water fun for their children.  Kit includes step-by-step lesson plan, overhead transparencies, discussion guide, participant goal sheet (also available in Spanish) and parent brochure (also available in Spanish). Note: Information on what kid’s need to drink says 2 cups (16 oz) low fat milk for children over 2 years. Missouri recommends 2½ cups for 2-3 year olds and 3 cups for 4-6 year olds.