WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services to Kansas families who qualify. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children.
WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms, and kids under age 5 healthy. To do this, WIC provides:
Personalized nutrition information and support
Ewic cards to buy healthy food
Tips for eating well to improve health
Referrals for services that can benefit the whole family
But that’s not all! WIC also offers immunization screening and referral, breastfeeding support, and nutrition and health classes on a variety of topics including meal planning, maintaining a healthy weight, picky eaters, caring for a new baby, shopping on a budget and more.
We are blessed to have two WIC certified nurses in Sheridan County. Karen Mann and Melissa Wachendorfer educate clients on good nutrition and safe healthy environments for pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children from age 1-5. Both ladies provide a nurturing atmosphere which advocates for the clients they serve.
Melissa and Karen assist breastfeeding moms that are going back to work by educating the mom and the employer of her right to breastfeed. Breastfeeding women have the right to privacy and accommodations to pump while at work. This enables her to provide the most complete form of nutrition for the child. Kansas has acknowledged that it is a mother’s right to breastfeed in public, see Kansas Statute 65-1,248.
Lynn Moss, our WIC clerk, is able to assist clients with the application process. She is eager to assist clients and will work with them to get all of the appropriate documents so that the application process is complete and accurate, thus enabling clients to have access to the many services available through our WIC program.
Martha Collins is our registered dietitian. Martha works with clients to assure they are getting the most out of this nutritional program. She monitors our pregnant mothers to assure that the baby is getting the appropriate nutrients. She also teaches parents how to provide children with proper nutrition which in turn contributes to appropriate development of mind and body in the 1-5 year life cycle.
If you or someone you know is pregnant, breastfeeding or have children 0-5 years old, please call us.
The website Kansas Care Training Opportunities, Inc. at www.kccto.org has a training program called “How to support the Breastfeeding Mothers and Family” We would love to see all of our daycare providers in Sheridan County participate in this great learning experience. Please feel free to call Karen or Melissa with any questions.