Participant Eligibility

Participant eligibility is based on three things, category, income, and nutritional risk.

Categories include:
Women - pregnant women, postpartum breastfeeding women up to 1 year after delivery while nursing, and postpartum non-breastfeeding women up to 6 months after delivery or termination of the pregnancy.

Infants – from birth up to one year of age.

Children – from one year of age up to their 5th birthday.

Income:
Calculated on the family income at 185% or less of federal poverty level.

Nutritional Risk:
WIC documents and prioritizes the nutritional health risks of all WIC participants. This assessment helps to guarantee that the program benefits those who need it most and that the help given is appropriate for the participants' nutritional health.

Risks For Women
Anthropometric (Measurement) Risks

  • Low Maternal Weight Gain
  • Maternal Weight Loss During Pregnancy
  • Prepregnancy/Postpartum Underweight
  • Prepregnancy/Postpartum Overweight
  • High Maternal Weight Gain

Clinical, Health, or Medical Risks

  • Pregnancy-Induced Conditions
  • Pregnancy at a Young Age
  • History of Low Birthweight
  • History of Spontaneous Abortion (Miscarriage)
  • History of Fetal Loss (Stillbirth)
  • History of Neonatal Loss (Death of Baby After Birth)
  • History of Birth with Nutrition- Related Congenital or Birth Defect
  • Closely Spaced Pregnancies
  • High Parity (Pregnant Many Times) and Young Age
  • Multifetal Gestation (Twins, Triplets, Etc.)
  • Pregnant Woman Currently Breastfeeding
  • Nutrition-Related Risks or Conditions
  • Dental Problems
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Biochemical Risks

Dietary Risks

Other Risks

Risks For Infants and Children
Anthropometric (Measurement) Risks

Clinical, Health, or Medical Risks

Biochemical Risks

Dietary Risks

Other Risks