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Introduction

The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC, is a cost-effective nutrition intervention program with demonstrated success in improving the health and nutritional status of women, infants and children. One study has shown for every $1.00 invested in the WIC Program, $4.00 is saved in medical care costs. WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered in Nevada by the State Health Division. WIC Program services are provided throughout the State by county public health departments, and nonprofit health agencies.

WIC provides nutritious foods to supplement the diets of limited income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants, and children under age 5 who have been determined to be at nutritional risk. Proper nutrition at the beginning of life can help prevent serious health problems. Infants and preschoolers are going through a period of rapid growth, intellectual and social development. Their nutritional status and the health care they receive can have a major impact on their ability to function as happy, healthy children.

Participants receive WIC Food Instruments for specific kinds and amounts of nutritious foods. WIC participants redeem these Food Instruments at authorized grocery stores (vendors) which meet certain requirements and agree in all signed contract to follow all WIC Program regulations.

WIC facts --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) is a federally funded short-term nutrition program operated in Nevada through the Nevada State Health Division. Its objective is to improve the health of Nevada women, infants and children who are eligible for the program by providing supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, and other health and social services.

Each year WIC provides women and children in need of preventive health services with healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education and improved access to health services.

WIC has several cost containment initiatives including a competitive bid contract for purchasing infant formula.  The additional funds derived by this contract and a similar sole-source contract for infant cereal, allow for the addition of thousands of extra participants in the WIC Program.

WIC makes a difference! ------------------------------------------------------------

Nevada State Health Division WIC Program 02/08 Page 2

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