How Can WIC Improve Your Health?

WIC Can Improve Health


Minnesota WIC Program

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About WIC
Who is WIC for?
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Studies show that pregnant women using WIC services:

  • Eat more of the foods that provide key nutrients (like vitamin A, vitamin C and iron) needed for babies to grow and develop well.
  • See doctors earlier during their pregnancies.
  • Have more babies delivered full term.
  • Have more babies born at a healthy weight.

Studies show that for infants whose mothers used WIC services during their pregnancy:

  • Infant mortality is reduced and more babies are born without significant health problems.

WIC provides:

  • Breastfeeding help and support or formula with iron for babies who are not being breastfed.
  • Information about starting solid foods at the right time and in the right way.
  • Support for weaning from the bottle at the right age to protect your baby's teeth.
  • Parenting support.

Studies show that children on WIC:

  • Eat more of the foods that provide key nutrients (like vitamin A, vitamin C and iron).
  • Are more likely to grow and develop well during childhood.
  • Have better blood iron levels (less iron-deficiency anemia).
  • Are more likely to see a doctor regularly for check-ups and to get their shots on time.
  • Are better with words and have a better memory for numbers.

Studies also show that:

  • $1.77 to $3.13 is saved in Medicaid costs for every $1.00 the WIC program spends serving pregnant women.
  • Pregnant women using WIC services have fewer babies that weigh too little (less than 5 and 1/2 pounds) when born. It costs an extra $30,000 to $70,000 to help a small baby grow to a normal weight.

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