|Improving your Child’s Future through the WIC Program|
|Written by Edith Mubanda|
|Monday, 28 March 2011 08:39|
Pregnant mothers desiring to deliver healthy infants and mothers with hungry mouths to feed often need financial assistance in today’s economy. Many mothers also need nutritional advice when it comes to their diet as well as their child’s.
The Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC) was designed as a supplemental nutrition program to help in these specific areas by meeting the nutritional needs of low-income pregnant and post-partum women, infants, and children up to age 5. This program provides endless benefits to the community.
The North Carolina WIC program offers fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, peanut butter, eggs, cereal, whole-grain breads, beans, and infant foods for eligible families in the community. WIC not only provides its participants with nutritious foods, but also strives to educate families on the importance of proper nutrition throughout the lifespan, to promote breastfeeding and its benefits, and to provide healthcare referrals as needed.
One WIC participant stated that “I was too embarrassed to take advantage of WIC with my first child, but once I jumped in, it was the best thing for my children. It has benefited us from the wealth of knowledge. This program is so valuable for a mom.”
The North Carolina WIC program started in 1974 and has been serving the community since. Each month, this program benefits more than 270,000 members like the one quoted above, through the promotion of 7 key nutrition behaviors. WIC educates its participants on breastfeeding, increasing fiber intake, decreasing fat, eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, drinking less juice and sweetened beverages, and making family meals matter.
Participants state that “WIC is very thorough on providing helpful tips that the doctor assumes you know.” Because of this, participants are better immunized, have improved dietary habits and weight gain during pregnancy, are at lower risk of delivering pre-term and low birth weight infants, have fewer nutrition related health problems, and experience improved brain development.
WIC can help you make healthy food choices, breastfeed your infant, improve your grocery budget, and receive referrals to other local community resources as needed.
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