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.

March 15, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why children’s rights to adequate nutrition is important.

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    Why WIC is an investment in our children – and our future.

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    Recommendations for Congress regarding the WIC program and services.

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    Research about the impact of WIC and its cost-effectiveness.

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    Why WIC is important during times of economic hardship.

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    WIC participant characteristics.

Key Takeaway

Improving Child Health and Reducing Developmental Delays

Children under 3 years old who receive WIC are more likely to have good or excellent health. They are also at a lower risk for developmental delays due to insufficient access to health care, an iron-deficient diet and other concerns.

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