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WIC farmers market nutrition program 2008

The Clinton County Women Infant and Children Program announced the continuation of the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program for the year 2008. Annually, the WIC program provides current eligible families with coupons that can be used to purchase New York State grown, fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers participating in the Plattsburgh Farmers Market, Plattsburgh Farmers Green Market and the Chateaugay Lake Farmers Market. Coupons for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program will be distributed to participating families beginning this month, and can be redeemed starting in July through October. The Clinton County WIC Program is committed to providing supplemental foods, nutrition education, and health care referrals at no cost to eligible participants. Provision of fresh fruits and vegetables will help increase intake of foods that are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, while providing support to local farmers. Fresh fruit and vegetables can also help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancers, along with helping control diabetes. This program has been beneficial to area families and the local agricultural system. Introduction of fresh produce to young children helps create healthy lifetime habits. Hours for the Plattsburgh Farmers Market, located on Durkee St., are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from now through Oct. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays from June 25 through Sept. 27. The Plattsburgh Farmers Green Market, located at 187 Broad St., on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. starting July 3. The Chateaugay Lake Market, located on the lawn of the Hollywood Inn, is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting June 21. For more information, including eligibility requirements, contact the Clinton County WIC program, Department of Health at 565-4830, or visit the Web site at www.clintonhealth.org.

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