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.
Medical Marihuana Operation and Oversight Grant
On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, creating the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA).
Among other things, this Act delegates responsibility for marijuana licensing, regulation and enforcement to the Michigan Department of Regulatory Affairs (LARA). LARA’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) is responsible for the oversight of medical and adult-use (recreational) marijuana in Michigan. The factsheets / links below will provide additional information regarding the new law, and the effects on special populations such as teens and pregnant women. An overview of marijuana and a provider factsheet is also provided.
The Jackson County Health Department (JCHD) has received funds to increase education, communication, and outreach regarding the Michigan Medical Marihuana Laws for residents on Jackson County.
The main objectives for the project are as follows:
a) Improve the understanding of health care providers and human service agency staff on the Michigan Medical Marijuana Law
b) Provide outreach and develop an educational toolkit for marijuana dispensaries/shops, vape shops, etc. to distribute safe handling/storage information
c) Educate youth under age 21 on the risks involved with using marijuana as well as encouraging parents to communicate with their children
d) Collaborate with the JCHD WIC program staff to schedule one on one educational sessions with pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who use marijuana and provide them with free lock bags for safe storage of marijuana products.
e) Deliver a media campaign educating the general public on medical and recreational marijuana safe usage and storage and the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana
For more information; please call Alison Spencer, Health Educator at (517) 768-2138 to get more information about how to receive your free Marijuana Lock Bag.