The Louisiana WIC program serves as an adjunct and gateway to the following coordinated health initiatives and services:
Breastfeeding promotion and support
Prenatal care referrals
Immunization assessment and referrals
Nutrition and health screening
High – risk nutrition assessment and counseling
Prenatal weight gain monitoring and education
Education to include eating more fruits and vegetables
Education about iron-deficiency anemia
Education for cessation of smoking, drugs and alcohol use
One of the primary benefits of the WIC program is the supplemental food packages. These food packages come in the form of a voucher or food instrument. The food instrument allows participants to purchase WIC approved foods at any of the 700 WIC Approved Vendors throughout Louisiana.
The WIC food packages are developed with USDA regulations. They include items low in fat, high in fiber and more culturally appropriate. In addition, breastfeeding support has been improved and is a high priority, as is overall nutrition for women and children.
WIC Authorized Vendors are an essential component to the success of the WIC program. The Vendor’s role in improving the health of women and children in Louisiana is vital. Vendors make sure that WIC participants receive the right type and amount of food in the right month. This reiterates the health education WIC providers offer. Being a WIC Vendor is important. WIC wants all Vendors to know they are appreciated!
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