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Erie County Health Department WIC Program

420 Superior Street
Sandusky OH, 44870
Contact Phone: (419) 626-5623
Website: http://eriecohealthohio.org/
Description: The mission of the WIC program is to improve the health status and prevent health problems among Ohio's at-risk women, infants, and children. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC helps income-eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants and children up to five years of age who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition. The program improves pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring to support services necessary for full-term pregnancies; reduces infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 1/2 pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries and physical abnormalities) and provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by improving poor or inadequate diets. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support; supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as milk, eggs, cheese, juice, cereal, beans, peanut butter and iron-fortified infant formula; referral to prenatal and pediatric health care; and other maternal and sports, work, & school physicals and human service programs (examples: Head Start, Medicaid and Food Stamps). Locally, WIC is a two county agency covering Erie and Huron Counties.

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