WALKER – Cass County serves about 800 women, infants and children age five and under in the federally funded Women Infant Children (WIC) program, according to Renee Lukkason, Cass supervisor for the program.
The program focuses on reducing complications for pregnancy, increasing the number of mothers who breast feed, reducing iron deficiency anemia, decreasing low birth rates (babies born under 5.5 pounds) and premature births, improving growth and development in young children, and improving access to health care.
Public health nurses conduct WIC clinics throughout the county to reach out to women planning to get pregnant, who are expecting a baby and who are raising infants and young children, Lukkason said.
WIC nurses provide education about foods that will improve mothers’ health and that of their babies to anyone in the county and assists lower income women to obtain vouchers to help purchase healthier choice foods, she explained.
WIC food vouchers for lower income women average $62 per month savings for participating mothers of children over age one, $81 per month for breast feeding mothers, $47 per month for non-breast feeding mothers and $53 per month for a child, Lukkason said.