Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

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One article discusses how preventative measures taken by mothers can help ensure healthy birth weights of infants. It explains how prenatal care, provided by WIC (a federally funded state program for women, infants and children), can help increase birth weight of those babies of risk to be born in the low birth weight range. The sample data from this research was taken randomly from states participating in the WIC program. The entire population sample is labeled as “economically disadvantaged”. WIC provides special supplementation nutrition education programs for baby and mother, as well as health care referrals starting very early in pregnancy. The agency provides care from the start of pregnancy and can be carried out until 5 years postpartum. The mothers participating must be at or below 185% of the poverty level. This program is very successful in providing the resources necessary for this high-risk group to experience healthy pregnancies and care during the early toddler years. (Kowaleski-Jones, Lori, and Greg J. Duncan. 2002)

Post source:  http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.92.5.799

Image credit: http://www.ofcinc.org/wic.php

 

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