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  • WIC participation significantly increases the number of women receiving adequate prenatal care.
  • WIC participation dramatically lowers infant mortality among Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • WIC improves the dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum women. It also improves weight gain in pregnant women.
  • WIC participation decreases the incidence of low birth weight and lowers pre-term births.
  • WIC participation lowers the rate of anemia among children ages 6 months to 5 years.
  • WIC significantly improves children's dietary intake of vitamins and nutrients such as iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamine, protein, niacin, and vitamin B6.
  • 4 and 5 year-olds who participated in WIC in early childhood have better vocabularies and digit memory scores than comparable children who did not participate in WIC.
  • WIC participation leads to higher rates of immunization against childhood disease.
  • Each month, more than 200,000 moms, babies, and children less than age 5 receive nutritious foods from the Michigan WIC program.  WIC foods are worth $30-$120 or more per month for each participant.
  • WIC participants receive help with nutrition education and breastfeeding, as well as referrals to other health services.
  • One out of every two babies born in Michigan receive WIC benefits.
  • The early a prenant woman receives nutritional benefits from WIC, the more likely she is to seek prenatal care and deliver a normal weight infant.
  • For every dollar spent by this program, more than three dollars in subsequent health care costs are saved.
  • A family of four may earn $40,000 per year and qualify for WIC.
  • Local communities are supported with more than $120 million yearly when WIC foods are purchased at grocery stores and pharmacies.

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