The First Decade: Children's Nutrition

May 19, 2015

While New Hampshire has the nation’s lowest official poverty rate, malnourishment is an issue for many low income kids.  And with many short and long-term consequences of poor nutrition in children, the stakes are high. We’re looking at why some kids don’t get enough healthy food, the impacts on their developing brains and bodies,  and some efforts to address this.


  • Ellen Fineberg: executive director of New Hampshire Kids Count.
  • Terry Johnson – executive director of NH HEAL, a network of state and community partners aiming to reduce obesity in New Hampshire.
  • Frances McLaughlin: nutrition coordinator for the WIC program at NH Department of Health and Human Services.

We also heard from Brian Wallstin about his reporting on mental health initiatives for children under 5.

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*To sign up for WIC, call the state program at 1-800-WIC-4321. You can also do a pre-screening test online, or find your local WIC agency here.

*To find summer meals sites and serving times near you, dial 211, text FOOD to 877-877, or go to USDA's page on summer food