WIC is a food and nutrition program that is here to help pregnant women and families with young children. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and information.
The foods provided through WIC are a good source of essential nutrients.
WIC improves the health of it's participants and promotes lifestyle changes. WIC participants have longer healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births.
WIC is a short-term program designed to help families build healthy eating and living habits that will last a lifetime!
Pregnant women (through pregnancy up to 6 months postpartum)
Breastfeeding women (up to the infant's 1st birthday)
Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months postpartum)
Infants (up to 1st birthday)
Children (up to their 5th birthday)
What WIC Does: WIC’s goal is to help pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms, and children under age 5 improve their nutrition and overall health, WIC does this by providing:
Personalized nutrition information and support:
Maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy
Getting back in shape after you have a baby
How to start solid foods with your baby
How to feed the picky eater
Tips for eating well and staying active to improve health
WIC checks for WIC foods
WIC checks for WIC foods that help meet nutritional needs
Foods that are lower in fat and higher in fiber
Cereal, whole wheat bread, juice, non-fat or low-fat milk eggs, beans, peanut butter, canned fish, cheese and vouchers for vegetables and fruits
Breastfeeding information and support:
Information about the benefits of breastfeeding
Tips for talking to family members
Breastfeeding Coordinators who can answer any questions
Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, moms like you that want to help you have and enjoyable breastfeeding experience
Extra foods for the breastfeeding mom
Referrals for medical care
Referrals for dental care
Assistance with housing and fuel
Referrals to other services that benefit the whole family
WIC foods will help you meet your own nutritional needs and the needs of your growing baby. WIC foods are high in fiber and low in fat. WIC foods provide the right amount of nutrients for your baby's growth and promote healthy body weight.
Special infant formulas and certain medical foods may be provided when prescribed by a physician or health professional for a specified medical condition, talk to the WIC office about your needs.
For more information call: (618) 283-5037 or (618) 283-1044 or to see if you are eligible go to: https://stars.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/start.jsf
WIC Mission Statement To improve the nutrition and health status of low-income women, infants, and preschool children who are at-risk by providing:
Nutrition and health education
Breastfeeding education and support
Referrals to health and human services
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