WOMEN, INFANTS and CHILDREN (WIC) NUTRITION PROGRAM
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Adagio Health provides these services to residents of Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, and Indiana counties.
WIC provides vouchers for those who meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, staff members provide nutrition counseling to clients and referrals for health care and other social services.
This program is for:
- pregnant women
- women who have given birth within the last 6 months
- women who are breastfeeding children under 12 months of age
- infants and children up to five years of age who:
- are at nutritional or medical risk
- meet the income guidelines
Pennsylvania WIC is funded by USDA. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Breast milk from a healthy mother can supply all the nutrients her baby needs for at least the first six months of life. In addition, breastfeeding has a host of benefits for both mother and baby. Babies who receive breast milk have less diarrhea and many fewer illnesses in the first year of life. In fact, infants who never received breast milk are hospitalized about 15 times more often than breast-fed infants.
Mothers who breastfeed return to their pre-pregnancy weight sooner and have a later return of menstruation. They also may be protected against breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
For these reasons, Adagio Health strives to support new breastfeeding mothers. Adagio Health Peer Counselors provide educational materials to pregnant women and new mothers and has breast pumps available for breastfeeding mothers.
Adagio Health is the fourth largest WIC provider in Pennsylvania, serving the residents of Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, and Indiana counties.
To find out the location of the nearest WIC office or satellite, call 1-866-WIC-APPT (1-866-942-2778) or contact Adagio Health.