Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Addresses National WIC Conference; Celebrates Program's 40th Anniversary

PITTSBURGH, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Health Michael Wolf yesterday helped kick off the National Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Association's 31st Annual Education and Networking Conference and Exhibits in Pittsburgh.

Wolf spoke about Pennsylvania's WIC program accomplishments, while acknowledging the program's 40th anniversary. 

"The service WIC has provided to families for the past 40 years is profound and has made a difference in the lives of millions," said Wolf. "With its emphasis on providing nutritious foods to ensure adequate growth and development, nutrition information that is tailored to individual need, and referrals to appropriate health care services, the WIC mission falls in line with the department's objective to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease, and to assure the safe delivery of quality health care for all Pennsylvanians."

The Pennsylvania WIC Program is a federal program operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). WIC provides supplemental foods to meet the special nutritional needs of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age.

Through WIC, pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers of infants and children under age five learn about good nutrition to keep themselves and their families healthy. The program currently serves over 253,000 individuals per month statewide.

The National WIC Association's four-day conference & exhibits, May 18-21, is bringing together approximately 1,000 state and local WIC agency directors, nutritionists, community stakeholders and corporate executives who provide food products for the WIC program.

To learn more about the WIC Program, visit www.pawic.com. Information is also available by calling 800-WIC-WINS (800-942-9467).

Media contact: Holli Senior, 717-787-1783

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health



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