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 formula is Similac or Isomil.
Infants and children with qualifying medical conditions who may need special 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 special medical foods.
- All babies who require a special formula will need medical documentation every 6 months.
- A child or woman who requires special formula will need medical documentation.
- Children and women who require a special formula will also now be eligible for a full WIC food package, but will need medical documentation to receive the food.
- Children who are lactose intolerant or consume a vegetarian diet may receive tofu or fortified soy beverage with medical documentation.
- Women who are lactose intolerant or consume a vegetarian diet may substitute additional tofu and/or cheese with medical documentation.
Additional Resources for Providers
Outreach posters for WIC are available to post in your practice and share with families needing a referral. Download a copy or call 1-800-649-4357.
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
The primary goal of Fit WIC Vermont is to increase active physical playtime and decrease sedentary time for three and four year olds. An activity guide for parents is structured around the Fit WIC Activity Pyramid, which offers recommendations for both unstructured and structured playtime and specific information about activity resources within the community for family outings. The book promotes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher, and offers parents the skills and confidence needed to successfully take on this role. The book 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.