Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program which provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants.
Past experience shows that pregnant women who participate in the WIC Program have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy and eat healthier.
The Harrison County Health Department offers WIC clinics at the Bethany office on the first four Tuesdays of each month (see Calendar). All clinics are scheduled by appointment. All clients receive nutrition education based on individual health risks.
Participants must meet certain income and nutritional guidelines to be eligible. WIC is available to prenatal and post-partum women, infants, and children up to the age of five (5) years.