Wednesday May 23, 2012
The Louisville Metro Department Public Health and Wellness has launched a Spanish language version of its WIC website - www.louisvillewic.org - to make the WIC program more accessible to Spanish speaking families throughout Louisville.
The Spanish language WIC website provides information on who qualifies for the program and how to enroll. It also has a wealth of information on breastfeeding, nutrition and healthy recipes. Families that don’t have a home internet connection may go to any public library in the area to access the website.
“We hope that Spanish speaking families in our community take advantage of the WIC website to see if they qualify for the healthy foods and the valuable nutritional information provided by WIC,” said Public Health and Wellness director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt.
WIC, which stands for Women, Infants, and Children, is a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women, postpartum and breastfeeding mothers and for children younger than age five. WIC provides foods like milk, cheese, eggs, vitamin C rich fruit juice, iron fortified cereal, peanut butter, whole grain bread and fresh fruits and vegetables. Families can shop for these foods at most area supermarkets and grocers using the eWIC card which looks and works like any debit card. WIC also provides nutritional evaluation, counseling and education.
It is estimated that only about half of the families eligible for WIC benefits actually enroll.
National studies have shown that WIC significantly increased the head size of infants whose mothers received WIC foods during pregnancy. Head size is one measure of brain development. Pregnant women who participated in WIC also had fewer premature births and sought prenatal care earlier in pregnancy.
Many families may qualify for WIC services but not know it. For example, a pregnant woman with no children making approximately $27,000 a year may qualify. A family of four making approximately $41,000 per year may qualify.
For more information on WIC or on the new website visit www.louisvillewic.org or phone 574-6676.