WIC Nutrition Program

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Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food, breastfeeding free of charge to women, infants and children up to age five who qualify. It is a Federal grant program.

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Mercury in Fish and Shellfish

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Advice for pregnant women.

Fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet. Fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat, and contain omega-3 fatty acids. A well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health and children's proper growth and development. So, women and young children in particular should include fish or shellfish in their diets due to the many nutritional benefits.

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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

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List of Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Because pregnancy affects your immune system, you and your unborn baby are more susceptible to the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause foodborne illness. Even if you don’t feel sick, some “bugs” like Listeria and Toxoplasma can infect your baby and cause serious health problems. Your baby is also sensitive to toxins from the food that you eat, such as mercury in certain kinds of fish.

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Food Safety for Pregnant Women

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Food safety is important for everyone – but it’s especially important for pregnant women. The information below is provided by FDA, It is designed to provide practical guidance on how to reduce your risk of foodborne illness.

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Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System

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What is PNSS?

The Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PNSS) is a program-based public health surveillance system that monitors risk factors associated with infant mortality and poor birth outcomes among low-income pregnant women who participate in federally funded public health programs.

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