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Women, Infants and Children, Offering AidSubmitted: 02/24/2012
RHINELANDER - A national program dating back to 1972 has helped millions of Women, Infants and Children get the right nutrition and medical care, even if they couldn't afford it.

Women, Infants and Children or WIC helps low income pregnant women and their children all the way up to age five with their nutritional needs.

Brenda Husing is the WIC Director for Oneida County and says many women don't take advantage of this helpful program.

She says it provides nutrition counseling, education and resources to community support systems, "We're really just more of a support system for moms. Not intending to take over for any of their primary medical care, but just to help them understand and to apply that information that's been given to them from their doctors."

Husing says they instruct women about the healthy foods they can purchase through WIC for their child, "A lot of times at WIC appointments we talk about the importance of family meals. Sitting down together. That's where children learn about, not only food, but also about the time for a family to sit down and kind of go over their day."

Women must meet certain criteria to apply for WIC.

Husing says most are eligible if they're already enrolled in similar programs like BadgerCare or FoodShare.

If you'd like more information on using WIC, follow the links below.

Related Weblinks:
Oneida County WIC
Wisconsin WIC
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