Each month in Michigan, 200,000 moms, babies, and children under the age of five receive nutritious foods from the Michigan WIC Program. WIC foods are worth $30 to $112 or more per month for each participant.
One out of every two babies born in Michigan receives WIC benefits.
WIC has reduced the percent of low birth weight babies born to women enrolled in WIC from 8.2% to 7.8%
Breastfeeding initiation rates increased from 48.9% to 54% and the six-month duration rate from 13.6% to 18.0%.
Children served by WIC have lower anemia rates, improved dietary access, higher immunization rates and are more likely to have routine medical care.
WIC impacts cognitive development in children. In fact, studies show that children served by WIC have improved vocabulary skills and improved memory.
For every dollar spent on WIC, over $3.50 is saved in subsequent health care costs.
WIC is a wise investment, generating important improvements in the health and productivity of children.
In addition to direct cost savings, WIC services provide essential coordination with other health department services.
Local communities are supported with more than $120 million yearly when WIC foods are purchased at grocery stores and pharmacies.
WIC is administered by USDA and legislative requirements for WIC are contained in the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.
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Nutrition education and counseling
Infant and toddler feeding, breastfeeding, prenatal weight gain, anemia or iron deficiency, child growth and development and other related health issues.
Breastfeeding promotion and support
Referrals to other health services
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