WIC in Vermont
WIC Information for Health Care Providers
WIC's food packages align with current nutrition recommendations and support key health messages, including: eat more fruits and vegetables, increase whole grains and fiber, lower saturated fat and cholesterol, drink less juice, and breastfeed your baby.
WIC food packages include:
- Fruits and Vegetables (fresh, frozen or canned), including baby food fruits and vegetables for infants 6-12 months old
- Whole grain bread and brown rice,
- Whole grain cereals
- Skim or 1% milk for children over age 2 and women (whole milk for 1 year olds),
- Eggs and cheese
- Natural peanut butter or canned beans
- Fortified soy beverage and/or tofu can be substituted for milk
To support breastfeeding for the first year, the largest WIC food package is provided to mothers and babies who exclusively breastfeed. For mothers who combine breastfeeding with some formula or only use formula, WIC’s standard infant formulas are Similac or Isomil.
Infants and children with qualifying medical conditions who may need medical formula require a physician’s prescription using WIC's Medical Documentation Forms for Infants and Children. A prescription is also needed for Women who require WIC-eligible specialized nutrition products.
- Infants who require a medical formula will need medical documentation every 6 months.
- A child or woman who requires medical formula will need medical documentation.
- Children and women who require a medical formula are eligible for a full WIC food package, but will need medical documentation to receive the food.
- Children age 12 – 24 months for whom a lower fat milk is appropriate can receive it from WIC with medical documentation. It is also offered to a family if the child’s weight for length falls at or above the 98th % on the WHO/CDC growth chart.
Additional Resources for Providers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention growth charts consist of a series of percentile curves that illustrate the distribution of selected body measurements in U.S. children. Growth charts are available free of charge from the Vermont Department of Health.
Guidelines & Toolkits for Clinicians
The Vermont Department of Health provides a variety of best practice guidelines and toolkits for health care providers, including guidelines for promoting healthy weight in adults and children, and guidelines for preventive primary care.
Vermont Fit WIC
Fit WIC resources help increase active physical activity for two, three and four year olds. Fit WIC promotes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher and provides an Activity Pyramid to guide both unstructured and structured playtime. Fit WIC also provides information on the relationship between cognitive and physical development, ideas for incorporating physical activity into everyday routines, and specific skill-building activities designed to enhance physical development and learning.
WIC Mother/ Baby Breastfeeding Support
WIC is committed to helping mothers meet their personal breastfeeding goals. Mothers enrolled in WIC receive targeted counseling from WIC staff, support from a WIC peer counselor, and the enhanced breastfeeding food package each month. Health care providers are invited to partner with WIC to strengthen breastfeeding referral systems, and receive patient education resources.
WIC Works is a national online resource for health and nutrition professionals working with families participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC Works includes professional training modules, state developed educational materials for families and a database of WIC-eligible formula.