\r\n<h1>During the month of March, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is encouraging residents to start small in their goals for healthy eating habits \u201cone forkful at a time\u201d as part of National Nutrition Month.<\/h1>\r\nThis year\u2019s theme, \u201cPut Your Best Fork Forward,\u201d is intended to inspire people to begin with manageable changes, encouraging families to focus on healthful eating when planning meals to prepare at home or when making selections dining out.\r\n\r\n\u201cWIC helps individuals implement these minor changes by bringing knowledge and experience to help participants balance their choices, and bringing sustainable solutions to improve their healthful decision-making,\u201d said Dr. Rahul Gupta, Bureau for Public Health Commissioner and State Health Officer. \u201cIt is important for individualized eating plans to include a variety of favorite and nutritious foods, and for residents to incorporate physical activity most days of the week.\u201d\r\n\r\nThroughout the year, the WIC Program strives to communicate healthy eating messages that emphasize a balance of food and beverages within an individual\u2019s energy needs, rather than focusing on any one specific food or meal. To this end, improving overall well-being requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing lasting and enjoyable eating practices and daily physical activity.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis initiative is part of WIC\u2019s mission to promote a healthy start for West Virginia\u2019s children with a focus on the link between good nutrition and good health. Studies have shown that the WIC Program has played a significant role in improving birth outcomes and containing health care costs,\u201d said Gupta. \u201cWIC has resulted in fewer premature births and infant deaths and greater likelihood of a woman receiving prenatal care.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe West Virginia WIC Program serves approximately 41,000 women, infants and children as part of its mission to optimize health outcomes through food and nutrition education.\r\n\r\nFor more information, visit http:\/\/ons.wvdhhr.org.