HealthFirst settles into new location
On Tuesday afternoon, Aug.11, the Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting event with the staff of HealthFirst WIC in Merrill at their new location at Saint Stephen’s Church.
“We were able to partner with Saint Stephen’s Church who has graciously shared with us, a space where we can deliver nutrition education and issue food benefits that are part of the Women, Infants & Children Program, often referred to as WIC,” said Justine Thicke, CHES Public Relations & Education Specialist.
The WIC Program is available for women who are pregnant and up to 6 months postpartum as well as children 0-5 years old. Anyone who is officially providing care for the child who qualifies may accompany them to their appointments – moms, dads, grandparents, guardians, foster parents. In addition to education and supplemental food benefits Healthfirst WIC provides additional support to participants through breastfeeding peer counselors, a free breastfeeding class, Fit Families & Farmers’ Market checks.
The breastfeeding peer counselors assist with breastfeeding support and can answer questions that breastfeeding participants may have. Fit Families focuses on reducing screen time and getting active, eating more fruits and vegetable and reducing sugary beverages. One way that the program continues encouragement of eating fruits and vegetables is the Farmer’s Market checks which participants can use to purchase local, fresh fruit and vegetables.
To find out more about Healthfirst and/or the WIC program visit our website at www.healthfirstnetwork.org or give us a call at 800-246-5743.
You can also visit www.wicmomstrong.com for information about WIC and to view their WIC approved foods cookbook!