WIC is a nutrition program that helps families meet the nutritional needs of pregnant and post-partum women, infants and children up to age 5. WIC provides healthy foods, health referrals, breastfeeding support and eating tips for families.
More families than ever are finding it hard to put healthy food on their dinner tables. For young children, a lack of good nutrition can put them at risk for health problems and problems in school. WIC helps by providing healthy foods but participants get much more than food from WIC.
WIC participants also receive helpful one-on-one counseling with a nutrition professional. Education may be offered on topics ranging from healthy drink choices to grocery shopping on a budget.
Breastfeeding promotion and support is an important part of the WIC Program. All WIC agencies have trained staff ready to assist moms in making informed decisions about how they feed their babies. WIC also teaches moms the basics of breastfeeding.
The nutrition education and healthy foods that WIC provides give children a healthy start in life which is so important. Studies show that children who participate in WIC are more likely to receive regular preventive health services and are better immunized than children who did not participate in WIC. WIC participation also decreases the incidence of low birth weight and pre-term births.
To get WIC, a person must live in a household with income at or below WIC guidelines. There must also be a health or nutrition risk factor which is determined during the visit with the nutritionist.
WIC is available at the Yadkin County Human Services Agency at 217 E. Willow St. in Yadkinville. Call the WIC Program at 336-679-4210 if you would like more information or would like to make an appointment to apply. Visit the WIC Web site at www.nutritionnc.com.
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