Nutrition matters, especially in kids. This brief highlights the impact of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) on very young children. It describes who's eligible for WIC, what the program provides and how it improves children’s health and development.
Improving Child Health and Reducing Developmental Delays
Findings & Stats
When there are concerns about children’s speech, language comprehension, motor skills and behaviors, they are at risk.
In particular, children younger than 12 months – when their brains are in a crucial development stage – benefit from good nutrition.
For both working and non-working families, WIC recipients are more likely to have stable living conditions and adequate food.
Statements & Quotations
Nutritious food is good medicine. WIC, of all the federal nutrition programs, is the only one that is firmly grounded in the medical model.
– Dr. Deborah A. Frank, Boston University School of Medicine Director, Grow Clinic for Children, Boston Medical Center
…children in income-eligible working families that do not receive WIC are more likely to be food insecure, more likely to live in households that lack adequate heating or cooling, andmore likely to live in unstable housing situations.
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