News: WIC keeping children strong and able to achieve

David Brendsel, Communications Specialist, Prevention Services| 303-692-2156 | david.brendsel@state.co.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 12, 2015

DENVER — The Colorado Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides nutritional support to more than 90,000 low-income women, infants and children every month, helping moms have healthier babies and making sure children get a healthy start in life.
 
Research shows that poor nutrition during early childhood increases the chance of anemia, affects memory development and limits a child’s ability to learn. Poor nutrition during a child’s first five years affects that child’s health and well-being for the rest of his or her life. 
 
Local WIC agencies across Colorado provide breastfeeding support, free nutritional food, individualized education on maintaining a healthy diet and referrals to health care providers. Colorado WIC has a long history of working to prevent children’s health problems and improve their growth and development. 
 
Women who participate in WIC have healthier babies. Children in the program are more likely to be immunized, have regular health care and be better prepared for school. WIC not only builds healthier families, it reduces health care costs.
 
“We provide a nutritional safety net for low-income Colorado women and their children,” said Lynn Ireland, acting Colorado WIC director. “Helping moms and their babies eat well and find the services they need gives them a healthy start in life.”
 
About Colorado WIC
Additional information about Colorado WIC and statewide clinic locations are available at www.ColoradoWIC.com, by calling 303-692-2400 or by email at cdphe_askwic@state.co.us.
 
In accordance with federal law and Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free 866-632-9992. Individuals who are hearing- impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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