A Top Priority: Childhood Nutrition Programs

March 4, 2024

I'm pleased to share some developments in our dedication to enhancing the health and welfare of families and children in our community. Recognizing the crucial need for better nutrition for children, we're in the process of developing detailed laws designed to make it simpler and more reassuring for eligible mothers and children to sign up for federal aid programs.

WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, Children) enrollment in Connecticut is among the lowest in the country at 46%. Not maximizing participation in this program is resulting in worse outcomes for the health and nutrition of young children. 
Child nutrition is important for many reasons, including the following:

  • Strengthening the child's immune system
  • Providing essential vitamins and minerals
  • Enhancing brain development
  • Encouraging physical growth
  • Setting the stage for healthy eating habits for a lifetime

Healthy nutrition is also tied to preventing chronic disease, improving mental health, and helping build strong bones and teeth.

Childhood Nutrition

As this priority bill moves through the legislative process, I urge you to show your support as we move forward. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of our youngest community members.