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October 1, 2006

Albany - - Proposed changes in the Women Infants and Children or WIC government program could mean healthier food options.

The WIC program helps mothers in need buy food for their children. The Department of Agriculture wants to cut the amount of dairy food available and beef up the amounts of fruit and vegetables.

It also reduces the amount of fruit juice available.  

"What wic mothers have done is well if wic provides juice then that's a good food to feed my child and they tend to overuse it and children then drink more juice than they really need, this is linked to childhood obesity," says Dietician Gail Dorner.

Representatives in the dairy industry says if the proposal goes through, children's nutrition may suffer.

The department of agriculture is taking suggestions about the proposal through November. Changes may not be made until next year.

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