Health Outcomes for WIC

 

WIC makes a measurable difference in the lives and improves the health of nutritionally at-risk women, infants and children. 

 

The WIC program has earned the reputation of being one of the most successful Federally-funded public health nutrition programs in the United States.  Studies conducted by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and other non-government entities detail the success and cost-effectiveness of the nutrition intervention provided by WIC.  For additional information visit www.pawic.com


Summary of Health Outcomes

 

·         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.