WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Nutrition & Education Program100% compliance at Home Nursing Agency’s WIC Nutrition Centers from Department of Health
For mothers and children thru age 5
Designed specifically for women, infants, and children, this program provides vouchers for nutritious foods and education in a supportive environment. WIC is a federally funded program designed for pregnant women, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children under age five.
Home Nursing Agency operates WIC in Blair and Centre counties, serving more than 5,000 women, infants and children each month. WIC eligibility is based on income for those family members who have a nutritional risk. Since 2009, WIC now offers some newer choices to the food package to reinforce important nutrition messages and provide choice and variety to our WIC families.
Recently, three nutritionists for Home Nursing Agency’s Centre County WIC Program received their International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential. IBCLCs are experts in lactation and breastfeeding care, whose skills allow them to work to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.
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Excerpt from the Home Nursing Agency Winter 2012 Newsletter:
Triplets Thrive! WIC Proves Essential for Tyrone Family: Before & After – Agency’s Pediatric Specialty Services Provide Education, Guidance
When Joey Lewis of Tyrone first saw three little specks on the screen during a sonogram early in her pregnancy, her first thought was, “Financially, how are we going to do it?” Thus far, one answer to that question has been the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
As first-time parents, she and her husband Dusty enrolled in Home Nursing Agency’s Nurse-Family Partnership® for support and education from a nurse, who referred them to WIC so Joey could get the proper foods to provide nutrition for her three growing babies.
In May 2010, six weeks before her due date, Joey and Dusty welcomed triplets Jordan, Tanner and Elly into their lives and quickly learned that going through an entire can of their special formula each day was not unusual. “We could not have done it without WIC,” Joey explains. “I don’t know how we would have bought all the formula they needed.”
The triplets are periodically evaluated by HNA’s Early Intervention program to make sure they hit developmental milestones, and by six months, they were on track with full-term babies. As their abilities matured, so did their diets, which now include fruits, vegetables, dairy, starches and proteins, many of which are provided by WIC.
“Now, they drink about a gallon and a half of milk every day,” Joey explains, thankful for WIC’s provision of milk, eggs, juice, cheese, vegetables and other essential foods. “I was grateful to get the formula when they were babies, and now I am happy they get the foods they need to stay healthy and be at good weights.”
Supporting families from pregnancy through childhood, Home Nursing Agency is a trusted resource for the Lewis family with Nurse-Family Partnership®, Early Intervention and WIC helping them to transition from a couple to a happy, healthy family of five.
Photo caption: Jordan, Elly and Tanner Lewis of Tyrone enjoy the important foods like milk, bananas and cereal their family receives through the support of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutritional Program.
For more information about the WIC Program in Pennsylvania, visit the website at www.pawic.com