A newly published study shows once again how beneficial Abilene's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, and those across the country, are in saving babies and helping grow healthy toddlers and young children.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in early December 2019 found that babies born to WIC participants are 33% less likely to die in the first year of life.
Take a look at the full JAMA study and article here.
“The infant mortality rate in the US is nearly twice as high as rates in other developed countries. It is imperative that we elevate and strengthen proven and effective interventions that help babies and young children thrive...even with this bounty of evidence that WIC works, not every eligible family is connected with WIC services," said Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA).
Abilene's WIC office is located at 850 North 6th Street, and can be reached (325) 692-1680. Office hours and more can be found here.
- Breastfeeding women until their infant's first birthday
- Infants and children up to age 5
- Postpartum women up to 6 months after the pregnancy ends (includes miscarriage, stillbirth, adoption, and abortion)
- Pregnant women
Dads, grandparents, and foster parents raising children are also encouraged to apply on behalf of their children.
Families that qualify for Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps) or TANF automatically qualify for WIC services and must show proof of enrollment in at least one of these programs. All other families must meet the income guidelines, available.
WIC is a supplemental food program for women, infants, and children, and works to improve the health and nutrition of women, infants, and children during pregnancy and early childhood. Some of the services Abilene's WIC office offers includes:
- Supplemental nutritious foods
- Nutrition education and cooking classes
- Breastfeeding education, supplies, and support
- Referrals to other health and social service programs