My first time back after having my First Son, was like a re-familiarizing myself with the benefits but now, I was more interested in really paying attention to the Tips and Nutritional Guides given.
So, there are Many of us out there that may be using WIC, but haven’t publicized the extra help. Some May be too Proud and Some May truly enjoy the Benefits. I happen to be one that likes the program and What it stands for and offers Women. Pretty much any Pregnant Woman can get the benefits that WIC offers.
So What is exactly is WIC?
WIC is a Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) that Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
The Benefits one can gain are:
- Supplemental nutritious foods
- Nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics or online.
- Screening and referrals to other health services.
So I’m sure you’ve been Grocery shopping and have seen a Sign like the one below, next to some of the food:
This means it is apart of the WIC program of Authorized Food.
Wouldn’t it be great if you were given a nice amount of extra benefits to get any kind of food you wanted? YES !! However, the best part about WIC in my opinion is they teach Nutrition and try to help you be as healthy as possible. So No, running to grab too much fast food, or to cook not the healthiest of meals.
WIC assures that you will be able to purchase and have all the most important areas of Nutrition that you need for health.
WIC foods include infant cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C-rich fruit or vegetable juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, dried and canned beans/peas, and canned fish. Soy-based beverages, tofu, fruits and vegetables, baby foods, whole-wheat bread, and other whole-grain options as well as a few other that were recently added to better meet the nutritional needs of WIC participants.
Before getting Pregnant this time, I was as healthy as I could be, but of course I would slip and not care as much as now , subconsciously thinking of my baby inside of me, and my responsibility of helping develop strength and health ! 🙂
At My very First WIC appointment, I had to fill out a form and survey, giving my information on how I currently ate and give feedback of the choices of food I would be most interested in. This is how your program nutritionist chooses the proper program for you. One program choice could be soy milk and tofu and another regular 1% milk and cheese.
Then I was taken in a room for Orientation, where they read My rights, taught about the program, their mission, what they offer, how to use the program and what I can expect.
They showed a copy of the checks that are given, to show at the time of purchase.
Which in several states and different parts of CA, they don’t give checks, they give you debit cards to access your benefits, it just depends, but the area of Ventura County checks are offered. Slowly they will evolve to offer the cards instead of checks. All States will have to within the next coming years.
It is a really good program and for those that need a little bit of assistance to help stay on track with nutrition, it is excellent for you. Seek out the program in your local area.
Here is a number to contact to set up your appointment with WIC for
If you are from another states, you can google WIC and your local area, some contact information will come up.
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