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Get WIC Off the Sequestration Chopping Block

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The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has improved at-risk children’s health, growth and development, and prevented nutrition related and other health problems for more than 35 years. WIC children enter school ready to learn, showing better cognitive performance. WIC also improves the health of at-risk mothers during pregnancy and helps to rebuild nutrient stores after birth. Research demonstrates the importance of maintaining good nutrition status between pregnancies to assure future healthy birth outcomes (National WIC Association, 2011). According to the National WIC Association, “If they are unable to reach a deal in time, sequestration will occur and WIC will receive an 5.1% cut, or the equivalent of removing 600,000 mothers and young children from the program, nationally.”

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