Children’s Diets Benefit from Longer Term Use of Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Children who participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) longer have better diet quality at age 2 than children who leave the program earlier, according to just-published research.

WIC is a federal program that provides healthy foods and nutrition education to low-income pregnant women and young children who are at nutritional risk.

The research presented is from the WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study 2 (WIC ITFPS-2), one of the federal studies Westat conducts for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

“The paper’s findings demonstrate that over time WIC achieves its goal of improving children’s health by providing them with nutrients necessary to achieve optimal growth,” says Westat Senior Study Director Christine Borger, Ph.D., principal investigator for WIC ITFPS-2 and a co-author of the report.

For more information:

WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study-2: Third Year Report (PDF)

To request public-use data from the study from USDA FNS, email

Learn more about Westat’s work examining low-income infant and toddler feeding practices.


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