Portage Co. Health Release: The Impacts of WIC
For the City Times
Submitted by Portage County Health and Human Services
STEVENS POINT — With National Nutrition Month upon us, it is important to join in the growing movement to create the healthiest nation. Nearly 100,000 people in Wisconsin receive WIC support. Below is just one story, one WIC Voice:
Natasha is a 27 year-old pregnant woman, working full time and still worries about having enough food for their family. Now that she is pregnant, finances concern her. She has learned that she needs a healthy diet during pregnancy so she enrolled in Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Since then she has been able to supplement both her and her future newborn’s diet with healthy foods.
WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that started in 1972 to address the negative impacts of poverty on health. It serves pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5. In addition to increasing access to healthy foods, the program has grown to provide nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, and community referrals.
For more information, please call 715-345-5712.