The WIC program provides nutrition assistance and support to pregnant and breastfeeding women and families with children from birth to five years old.
WIC provides nutrition education and services, breastfeeding promotion and education, monthly food prescription of nutritious foods, and access to health-care services.
WIC saves lives and improves the health of nutritionally at-risk women, infants and children. The program's success is seen in its contributions to:
Improved birth outcomes and savings in health care costs
Improved diet and diet-related outcomes
Improved infant feeding practices
Immunization rates and regular source of medical care
improved cognitive development
Improved preconception nutritional status
Increased likelihood children have a regular health care provider and
Improve growth rates.
Kentucky WIC FIT
Obesity is a common nutritional concern among low-income preschool children, one of the WIC program target populations.
WIC Fit Activity Guide provides physical activity lesson plans, handouts for each lesson and a resource section by involving parents and caregivers of children. In helping with the lessons, we hope to encourage continued participation in the activities at home.
WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Since 1992, the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program has promoted local farmers markets and helped bring locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables into the homes of WIC participants. Each summer, local health departments issue vouchers worth $20 to eligible WIC recipients for the purchase of locally grown fruits, vegetables and fresh-cut herbs. Ninety
Farmers Markets in 80 counties across Kentucky accept WIC farmers market vouchers.
Eligible farmers market food
WIC Farmers Market Cookbook