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WIC – Nutrition Month Program Highlight
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a federally funded supplemental food and nutrition program designed to prevent malnutrition in women, infants and children who qualify.The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
WIC helps the following:
· Low income pregnant and breastfeeding women
· Women who have recently had a baby
· Infants and children up to 5 years of age
WIC provides the following services and options to ensure malnutrition is not a factor and both baby and mom have a healthier outcome from pregnancy through the beginning years of a child's life. Services provided include:
· Supplemental nutritious foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, juices rich in Vitamin C, peanut butter, whole grain breads and cereals and fresh fruits and vegetables
· Nutrition Education specific to each client's needs
· Screening for other health problems and/or needs and providing referrals/resources as identified by WIC Program Staff.
Visit the Jackson County Health Department WIC Page or call (517) 788-4484 for more information.
The Jackson County Health Department will not deny participation in its programs based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability. State and federal eligibility requirements apply for certain programs.
2017 County Health Ranking Release
Jackson County Focusing on Systems Change
The release of the 2017 County Health Rankings & Roadmap (CHRR) report, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, helps us understand what factors influence the health of our community and what areas we need to explore to continue to make Jackson County a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. Review the press release here.
Out of 83 Michigan Counties, the 2017 CHRR ranks Jackson in the middle on overall health – 55thth for Health Outcomes and 52nd for Health Factors. Health Outcomes reflect length of life, which includes how many potential years of life was lost by Jackson residents because of death before age 75, as well as the quality of life, which considers mental health, physical health and the percent of live births with low birthweight.
In order to make changes in our community, we are working together to try and decrease barriers to service through networking and system planning which has led to improvements in coordination of services. As a result, our community has been selected to serve as a regional State Innovation Model (SIM) test site. This role will allow us to move forward on efforts to create community linkages between community social services and clinical providers of care.
For more information on the health status of Jackson County please visit www.countyhealthrankings.org or call Richard Thoune, Health Officer, Jackson County Health Department, at 517-768-1658 or 517-205-7072.