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The Olmsted County Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) helps parents give their children a healthy start by providing services, including nutrition and breastfeeding education, referrals and healthy foods.
Our participant centered approach emphasizes collaboration with participants, giving them the freedom to choose options that work for them to support healthy lifestyle and eating behaviors. We promote and support breastfeeding as the optimal method to feed infants by providing anticipatory guidance, counseling and peer services. Through referrals, WIC connects families with the resources they need to be healthy in every facet of their lives. The foods in the WIC food packages are specifically selected for their nutritional value to supplement the dietary needs of participants to ensure good health, growth and development.
Our emphasis on ensuring eligible WIC clients have access to WIC services continues, through outreach efforts and by working collaboratively with community partners. We continually strive to meet the changing needs of our participants, providing evidenced-based information and support to improve the nutritional status and health outcomes of this vulnerable population.
WIC Annual Report (PDF 4 MB)