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Published on March 28, 2014

WIC Celebrates Forty Years

March 28, 2014

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

Funding for the WIC program is made annually through the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committee based on recommendations from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service proposal. Congress determines the level of funding, passes an appropriation which then becomes law. 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, increased a women’s consumption of key nutrients necessary for a healthy pregnancy as well as improve diet quality. “The WIC program is an effective, evidence based program that improves birth outcomes” says Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator.

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. You can also visit: healthdekalbcounty.org, Women, Infants and Children. 

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