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Health Outcomes

WIC is a nationally-recognized program that improves the lives and health of nutritionally at-risk women, infants and children. According to USDA studies:

  • WIC decreases the incidence of iron deficiency anemia in children.
  • WIC reduces fetal deaths and infant mortality.
  • WIC reduces low birth weight rates and increases the duration of pregnancy.
  • WIC improves the growth of nutritionally at-risk infants and children.
  • WIC improves the dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum women and promotes proper weight gain in pregnant women.
  • Pregnant women with prior WIC participation receive prenatal care earlier.
  • Children enrolled in WIC are more likely to have a regular source of medical care and have more up to date immunizations.
  • Children who receive WIC benefits demonstrate improved intellectual development.
  • WIC significantly improves children's eating behaviors and parental feeding practices.