WIC celebrates 40th anniversary

The DeKalb County Health Department celebrates the 40th anniversary of the WIC – Women, Infants and Children – program in 2014. WIC is for low-income pregnant and post-partum women, infants, and children up to age 5. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast-feeding help and referrals to other community agencies. In 2013, The DeKalb County Health Department assisted nearly 3,000 people through the WIC program.

Funding for the WIC program is made annually by the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committee based on recommendations from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service proposal. Funds are allocated to individual states with programs administered at the local level in DeKalb County by the DeKalb County Health Department.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that WIC is effective and helps to reduce premature births, as well as low birth-weight babies. WIC improves access to prenatal care earlier in pregnancy, increases a women’s consumption of key nutrients necessary for a healthy pregnancy and improves diet quality.

To learn more about the DeKalb County Health Department WIC program, call 815-748-2402. Services are by appointment Monday through Wednesday or walk-in on Thursday and Friday.

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