The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations has passed legislation directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to prepare a report assessing the inclusion of multivitamins eligible for purchase as part of the supplemental foods under the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (WIC).
Many Americans, both rich and poor, are not getting the nutrients they need from the standard American diet. The prevalence of obesity and other chronic diseases in the American population is a grim reminder of this fact, as are the hard numbers: 93% of Americans are deficient in vitamin E, 56% in magnesium, 44% in vitamin A, and 31% in vitamin C.
We already know that it is nearly impossible to get the nutrients we need for optimal health just from food, which makes access to dietary supplements so crucial. As it currently stands, those on WIC can purchase foods from pre-approved lists, but not supplements. Since we know that we cannot get all the nutrients we need from the foods we eat, it only makes sense to allow WIC recipients to also purchase supplements and multivitamins.
Write to your representative in Congress and urge him or her to support this initiative.
Please Support WIC Eligibility of Multivitamins
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]