WIC - Women, Infants, and Children

WIC

Healthy Choices = Healthy Families

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

WIC provides:

  • Supplemental nutritious foods
  • Nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics
  • Screening and referrals to other health, welfare and social services

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Who Does WIC Serve?

Provides education and counseling to pregnant women and new moms. WIC serves 53 percent of all infants born in the U.S.
The WIC target population are low-income, nutritionally at risk:

  • Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to six weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends)
  • Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s first birthday)
  • Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to six months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends).
  • Infants (up to first birthday)
  • Children up to their fifth birthday

Am I Eligible for WIC?

Eligibility Guidelines WIC eligibility is based on household income, family size and other factors. If you think that you may be eligible for WIC benefits, please call (740) 349-6474 to talk to one of our WIC program staff.

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Infant Safe Sleep Tips

Follow these tips and visit SafeSleep.Ohio.gov to learn why of the ABCs of infant safe sleep are safest for baby: The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed. Never place babies to sleep on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, pillows, cushions or soft surfaces. Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a sleep sack, and do not use a blanket. Avoid letting the baby get too hot. Keep room temperatures in a range comfortable for a lightly clothed adult. Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations. Breastfeeding is recommended to help to reduce the risk of SIDS. Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth. Place the crib in an area that is always smoke free. Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development. Consider using a pacifier at nap time and bed time, once breastfeeding is well established. Talk to those who care for your baby, including child care providers, family, and friends, about placing your baby to sleep on his back for every sleep. Obtain regular prenatal care to reduce the risk of SIDS even before birth. Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.