Sunrise Children’s Foundation hosted its annual Health and Nutrition Fair on Friday, September 15. The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) was on hand to provide information on nutritious foods, education and breastfeeding to participants at no charge, for ages 0 to 5 years of age (Pictured: Just Add Water Street Founder Chef Antonio Nunez).
More than 300 parents and families attended the informative fair, which included community resource vendors focusing on health, dental, counseling, shelter and immunizations.
Each of the three classes included a healthy cooking demonstration by Just Add Water Street Founder, Chef Antonio Nunez, and included presentations in both English and Spanish by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, East Valley Family Services, UNLV – School of Dental Medicine and Culinary Management. WIC participants enjoyed a step-by-step cooking demonstration by Chef Nunez, on creating simple, full balanced healthy meals at home, and with a limited budget using approved WIC ingredients.
Prizes and give-a-ways, such as cooking preparedness utensils and items, goodie bags and cookbooks were donated to the families.
Additional community partners and vendors sharing information and resources to the families included: Amerigroup of Nevada, East Valley Family Services, Immunize Nevada, Safe Nest, and United Healthcare Company.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) saves lives and improves the health of nutritionally at-risk wo
men, infants and children. Studies have shown that, since its inception in 1974, WIC is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective nutrition intervention programs. Some of the WIC’s program benefits are:
- Improved birth outcomes, including fewer premature births, fewer infant deaths and savings in health care costs
- Improved diet and diet-related outcomes
- Improved infant feeding practices
- Improved immunization rates and regular source of medical care
- Improved cognitive development and children’s school-readiness
- Improved pre-conception nutritional status
- Improved growth of nutritionally at-risk infants and children
- Decreased incidence of iron deficiency anemia in children
Sunrise Children’s Foundation, is non-profit corporation organized solely for pediatric health and education. Founded in 1993, SCF delivers a full scope of services from birth to five and provides a comprehensive continuum of care to ensure that children in Nevada have a chance at success, all free of cost. Sunrise Children’s Foundation programs support a myriad of critical areas focusing on optimal child development including prenatal care and breast-feeding education; infant and toddler health and development ; wellness, nutrition and health education; parent education; reading and literacy skills; and positive family relationships.