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Program promotes health of mother, children

The Florida Women, Infants and Children Program is a cost-effective nutrition enhancement program. Pregnant, breast-feeding and postpartum (after delivery) women and children up to age 5 may participate. These groups have special nutritional needs, and the WIC program can help prevent health problems.

The program provides food vouchers for use at local grocery stores. Food packages vary according to the needs of the participants. Pregnant, breast-feeding and postpartum women receive food from the five food groups to promote a healthy baby and mother.

WIC encourages women to breast-feed their babies, but WIC will help supply formulas for babies up to 1 year old. Children ages 1 to 5 receive food packages of milk, eggs, cereal, cheese, juice and peanut butter or beans.

Nutrition education is an important part of the WIC program. Participants receive guidance on good nutrition for growth and development.

All WIC offices are located in county health departments. For guidelines and an appointment, call 726-5222 in Inverness, 527-8490 in Lecanto or 795-2261 in Crystal River.