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Newport, Oregon 97365
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NEWPORT, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority’s recently released local WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) data highlights the impact Lincoln County WIC had on the community in 2017. The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women, and to infants and children up to 5 years of age, who are found to be at nutritional risk.
According to the report, WIC’s services have provided significant help to Lincoln County families. In the past year, Lincoln County WIC has served 1,979 women, infants, and children, including 1,432 children under the age of five and 547 pregnant, breast-feeding, or post-partum women. In addition, WIC has helped serve 52% of pregnant women in the county, and has helped ensure that 95% of mothers enrolled in the program start out breastfeeding, which is recommended as the sole source of nutrition in an infant’s first 6 months. Finally, WIC participants spent $709,420 at the 15 WIC-authorized stores in Lincoln County, as well as $8,088 on foods sold directly by local farmers. These statistics show the importance of WIC’s work on the social, economic, and food security issues that exist in Lincoln County.
During National Public Health Week 2018, it is important to recognize work that can help eliminate the causes of poor health and help build healthier communities. One of the main themes of National Public Health Week is ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy life. By providing various services to young children and pregnant women, WIC is helping ensure that these opportunities exist for Lincoln County’s vulnerable populations. Individuals in need of WIC’s services can access them by visiting clinic sites in Newport, Lincoln City, Siletz, and Waldport, or by calling 541-265-4163.