The last column of Table 2 shows that in the subset of women who have already had a birth that we can observe, women who had a previous poor pregnancy outcome are much more likely to be on WIC
. This finding could reflect women being more motivated to try to improve their pregnancy outcomes, or a pattern of referring women with poor prior outcomes to WIC
Given that previous studies have offered evidence supporting the notion that children of different genders and household composition receive different health benefits from WIC
participation, this research separately examines the health benefits received by: male children without siblings, female children without siblings, male children with at least one sibling, and female children with at least one sibling.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to participate in a special program called the WIC
Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
provides grants to states to provide food vouchers to low-income pregnant women, women who have recently given birth and infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk.
The latest data available shows 19.6 percent of infants between the ages of 11 to 13 weeks enrolled in the WIC
Program are exclusively breastfed, while the statewide average is 8.9 percent.
"This suggests that WIC
policy may be an important lever to reduce health disparities among high-risk women and children at a critical juncture in the life course," the authors write.
The changes to WIC
included a monthly food allotment of $10 to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of only fruit juice.
"Reasons for the declines in obesity among young children in WIC
remain undetermined but may include WIC
food package revisions and local, state, and national initiatives," they wrote.
members can trade in vouchers for locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs.