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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 4, 2012

Health Department urges enrollment in WIC and Nurse Family Partnership

In the coming year, the City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department encourages families in need with young children to apply for the Nurse Family Partnership program and for the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, otherwise known as WIC. Both programs work with families from pregnancy through the critical development years.

“Though we celebrate a new year, many young families will again face the economic challenges of providing quality food and care for their infants and children,” said Amanda Turner, WIC coordinator. “When you make your new year’s resolution, resolve to make things better by applying for a program like WIC or Nurse Family Partnership that can help you learn and make better, healthier decisions for your whole family.”

Nurse-Family Partnership's maternal health program introduces vulnerable first-time parents to caring maternal and child health nurses. This program allows nurses to deliver the support first-time moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start in life.

WIC provides federal grants to states and local agencies for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

More information on these programs and other Health Department services may be found at our website, www.kcmo.org/health.

Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, at 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube at www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept, www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept and www.youtube.com/user/kcmohealthdept.

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