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Nutrition subsidy program changing

BISMARCK (AP) -- A nutrition subsidy program for woman and children is upgrading its food list to include fresh fruits and vegetables and less fat.

The Women, Infant and Children program provides nutritional advice and food vouchers to middle and low income mothers.

The North Dakota director of the WIC program, Colleen Pearce, said its offerings had been based on older studies that emphasized protein and vitamin C, but nutritional information has changed.

Starting next month, the WIC program will allow the use of vouchers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Among other changes, the amount of juice is being cut to reduce sugar, and the program will include low fat milk for children older than age 2.