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For Release: June 3, 2010 
Contact:  Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Comments on WIC State Plan Requested

State health officials are soliciting comments from individuals regarding the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Input is needed for the State Plan of program operations for the 2011 fiscal year.  These comments must be received before July 31, 2010.

WIC is a federally funded nutrition education and supplemental food program for low income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to 5 years of age. Eligibility is determined by nutritional risk and incomes that fall below 185 percent of the poverty level. There are approximately 105,100 Oklahomans participating in the WIC Program each month.

A priority for the program is to make sure pregnant women understand the importance of adequate nutrition throughout their pregnancy, and that mothers with young children have the basic nutritional knowledge necessary to assure their children’s proper nutrition intake.

Individuals with comments regarding the WIC program should contact:
                                   Terry Bryce, Chief
                                   WIC Service
                                   Oklahoma State Department of Health
                                   2401 NW 23rd Street, Suite 70
                                   Oklahoma City, OK 73107-2475
                                   Phone 1-888-655-2942 or 405-271-4676
           
WIC is and equal opportunity program available to eligible persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap.
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