White Earth Nation

W.I.C.

WIC is a nutritional program that helps families eat well...and stay healthy!

This program is for women, infants and children who have a nutritional and/or medical need and meet the set income guidelines or are enrolled in another program such as Minnesota Care. Nutrition assessments and one on one counseling about food and breastfeeding are provided along with vouchers to buy healthy food.

WIC is for women who are pregnant, nursing or recently had a baby. It is also for infants and children from birth up until their 5th birthday.

WIC and C&TC Staff

 

Healthy Foods         Nutrition Education         Nutrition Services- Appointments         Contact Information

 


Nutrition Education

WIC provides information and suggestions specific to your families needs. Examples of what you can expect to learn from WIC are:

          Women

  • Healthy eating during pregnancy
  • Healthy eating after you have your baby
  • How to breastfeed
  • How to meet your individual nutrition needs

          Infant

  • How to feed your baby
  • How to keep your baby healthy

          Children

  • How to feed your growing child
  • How to keep your child healthy

WIC always recommends breastfeeding because it is the healthiest way to feed your baby.

  • Your milk is custom made for your baby
  • Your milk changes as your baby grows
  • Your milk gives your baby protection from infection and illness
  • Breastfeeding is good for moms- Women who breastfeed have lower rates of breast cancer, stronger bones and faster weight loss
  • Moms and babies love and benefit from the special closeness

Healthy Foods

WIC provides foods to help feed your family in a healthy way. These foods provide the participant  with essential vitamins and minerals, and are designed to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables, increase dietary fiber and reduce the amount of fat in the diet.

          Fruits and Vegetables- Eating fruits and vegetables is important to a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that most Americans, especially families with young children, do not eat enough fruits and vegetables which provide vitamins, minerals and fiber, which are essential to good health. WIC recommends you try fresh fruits and vegetables- any fresh fruit or vegetable with the exception of white potatoes is allowed. Your voucher can also be used to get canned or frozen fruits and vegetables.

          Whole Grains- Whole grains provide fiber, vitamins and minerals. You can choose whole grain bread, whole grain tortillas, brown rice or oatmeal.

          Cereals- WIC cereals provide iron for healthy blood, and many WIC cereals are whole grain and high in fiber as well as other vitamins and minerals.

          Protein- Eggs, dry or canned beans and peanut butter provide protein to build and repair body cells. Beans are also high in fiber and have some iron.

          Milk- Milk provides protein, calcium and vitamin D which are important for growth, especially bone growth.

          Juice- WIC also provides vitamin C rich fruit or vegetable juice.

          Soy- WIC can substitute soy beverage or tofu for some of your milk depending on the situation.

          Infant foods- Baby food fruits, vegetables and meats provide vitamins, minerals and new tastes and textures.


Nutrition Services- Appointments  

During every visit to WIC you have the opportunity to talk to an educator about good nutrition and healthy eating for your family. You will also learn more about how to keep your child healthy, safe and well fed. WIC will share informaiton on well-child check-ups, immunizations, and other health and social services that are key to childhood and family well-being.

During the appointment:

  • You and or your child will have a nutrition assessment including a measurement of weight, height, and hemoglobin.
  • You will talk with a WIC educator about good nutrition and healthy eating, breast feeding and any special health concerns your family may have.
  • If eligible, you will get WIC vouchers for healthy foods for you and your child.
  • You will make an appointment to come back in 1-2 months to learn more about healthy eating and nutrition, and to pick up more vouchers.

What you need to bring to your appointment:

  • Picture ID
  • Proof of address
  • The person(s) being certified
  • Proof of income
  • Or proof of enrollment in MFIP, Minnesota Health Care Programs, SNAP or SSI

Contact Information

WIC Coordinator
Lenora Yellow Bird

White Earth WIC Office
40520 Co. Hwy. 34
Ogema, MN 56569
Phone: (218) 983-6232
800-477-0125

State of Minnesota WIC office- 800-657-3942

State of Minnesota WIC website