WIC is a nutrition education program that focuses on helping women, infants, and children make good nutritional choices.
Even before birth, in helping pregnant mothers to make healthy choices for their meals, we are helping to provide children with the framework for a healthy start. By seeing some participants in the WIC program from birth to five years of age, WIC has a prime opportunity to make an impact in the fight against childhood obesity. We encourage breastfeeding from the start, and we also work with parents to educate them on healthy lifestyles and eating habits that would prevent obesity.
More than one in three children in Ohio is overweight or obese. Factors to think about with childhood obesity are lack of access to healthy food options, level of activity, too much time spent with technology, portion sizes, and too many sugary beverages. WIC strives to help parents and their children address some of these issues, and prevention is vital; therefore, our goal is to start early establishing good habits. WIC provides nutritious foods. We remind parents that children need at least an hour of physical activity daily and to limit screen time to two hours daily (regardless of whether it’s TV, computer, tablet, etc.). WIC healthcare professionals work with each family to assess their eating habits and knowledge of portion sizes. We help them to make changes where needed. We provide nutritional education and support, give suggestions on how they can stay active as a family and help them to pass on good habits that will, hopefully, last a lifetime.
If you are interested in receiving the great nutrition education and benefits provided by WIC, you must be at or below the following annual household income guidelines: 1 person – $22,311; 2 persons – $30,044; 3 persons- $7,777; 4 persons- $45.510; 5 persons – 553,243; 6 persons – $60,976
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Meigs WIC at 7409920392 Monday – Friday from 8AM-noon and 1-4 p.m.
Jenna Roush, RN, is a WIC Certifying Health Professional for the Meigs County Health Department.