Nutrition

Maryland nutrition efforts cover a wide spectrum of related topics. Good nutrition is vital to good health, disease prevention, and essential for healthy growth and development of children and adolescents.
 

Nutrition for Everyone

Healthy eating includes consumption of appropriate portion sizes, fruits and vegetables, and good fats (like those found in nuts and seafood), and reducing the consumption of salty foods, sugary drinks, and unhealthy fats (like trans fats). Only 27.6% of adults ate five servings of fruits and vegetables per day in 2009, falling far short of the Healthy People 2010 goal of 50%.
 

Breastfeeding

Both babies and mothers gain many benefits from breastfeeding. MDH's Breastfeeding site has frequently asked questions, recommendations, national breastfeeding statistics as well as information on a variety of other topics.
 

WIC

The Maryland WIC Program, or "WIC" is a federally-funded program that provides healthy supplemental foods and nutrition counseling for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under age five. The program provides vouchers for nutritious foods such as milk, eggs, cereal, fruits and vegetables.

Maryland Legislation

 

Nutrition in the Workplace - new!

Healthy food environments in the workplace are a goal of Healthiest Maryland Businesses. Watch the five-part video series created by the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control and Healthiest Maryland Businesses.