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WIC celebrates 40 years

Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 10:58 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:04 a.m. CST

DeKALB – The DeKalb County Health Department is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Women, Infants and Children [WIC] program for low-income pregnant and post-partum women, infants and children up to age 5. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding help and referrals to other community agencies.

In 2013, the DeKalb County Health Department assisted nearly 3,000 individuals through the WIC program.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that WIC helps to reduce premature births, as well as low birth-weight babies.

WIC improves access to prenatal care earlier in pregnancy, and increases a women’s consumption of key nutrients necessary for a healthy pregnancy as well as improves diet quality.

To learn more about the DeKalb County Health Department WIC program, call 815-748-2402. Services are by appointment Monday through Wednesday or walk-in Thursday and Friday. Visit online at healthdekalbcounty.org.

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