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Release Date: 02/21/2014

Eating right is vital to healthy living. Proper nutrition is one of the strongest building blocks during pregnancy and through a child's infancy, toddler and preschool years.

This year, Women & Infants' WIC Program (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children offered by the Rhode Island Department of Health) is participating in Eat Healthy RI 2014, a celebration of health and wellness sponsored by The Picture of Children's Health.

Working in collaboration with the South Providence Library, there will be interactive reading sessions in Women & Infants' WIC Office (2 Dudley Street, 5th Floor) throughout the day on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, featuring "Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?" by Joy Feldman, a children's book about healthy eating.

"Proper nutrition is so important to put babies and children on a healthy path for life," said Doreen Chin Pratt, RD, director of Outpatient Nutrition at Women & Infants Hospital."We want to talk about nutrition for children in a fun and interactive way.This will help to reinforce the importance of eating right, from the start."

To help meet the needs of pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, as well as children up to five years of age, the Rhode Island Department of Health offers the WIC Program.This preventative health program provides nutrition education, advice, and referrals to health care providers and breastfeeding resources for eligible participants.Benefits include assistance to purchase fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, low fat milk, eggs, and other nutritious foods to help families make healthy food choices.

For more information about one of the many WIC sites in Rhode Island, contact the Department of Health at 1-800-942-7434 (English and Spanish) or at www.health.ri.gov.For WIC services at Women & Infants Hospital, call (401) 274-1122, extension 42768, or visit www.womenandinfants.org, keyword WIC Program.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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