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Health Department Notes

Attention: Women, Infants and Children

Are you pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding? Do you have a new infant or a child age one to five years? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you could be eligible to receive free food and/or formula from the special supplemental food program for Women, Infants, and Children (known as WIC).

The goal of the WIC program is to promote healthier pregnancies, infants and children. This goal is achieved by providing the following to eligible participants:

• Nutrition education and services

• Breastfeeding promotion and education

• A monthly food prescription of nutritious foods

• Access to maternal, prenatal and pediatric health-care services.

Food packages vary according to needs assessed by the health professional, and can include formula, infant cereal, infant juice, milk, cheese, eggs, dry beans or peas, peanut butter, cereal, juice, tuna, and carrots.

Eligibility is based on household income and presence of nutritional risk. Household income includes the income of all members living in the home. For example, a family or household of four with a gross income of $45,510 or less per year would be income eligible for WIC. Nutritional risk is determined by a health professional at the health department and may include such things as low iron, inadequate diet, overweight, or underweight.

If you qualify for WIC and are pregnant, you can stay on the program throughout your pregnancy. If you are postpartum and breastfeeding, you will be on the program for up to one year as long as you continue breastfeeding. If you are postpartum and not breastfeeding, you can stay on the program for up to six months after delivery. Infants and children who are eligible will stay on WIC from birth up to five years of age.

WIC is an excellent start for you and your children to be healthy, intelligent, and strong.

WIC services are available at the Woodford County Health Department by appointment. Health department hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday,Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday. Call 873-4541 to schedule a same day appointment.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the WCHD is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

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