Nebraska is unique in that we are the only state in the nation that has a single-house system called a unicameral. The state capital is located in Lincoln, NE.
These legislators are your voice in Nebraska. To influence policy makers in our state, it is important to know what members represent you and your district so you can contact those members.
How WIC Impacts the People of Nebraska
The Nebraska WIC Association (NEWA) aims to educate Nebraskans on the value of the WIC Program. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC improves healthcare access for income eligible women and children with, or at risk of developing, nutrition-related health problems such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. WIC provides nutrition education and healthy foods enabling families to make lifelong healthy eating and lifestyle choices. In addition, WIC is the largest public breastfeeding promotion program in the nation, providing mothers with education and support. Unlike other food programs, the WIC foods are specifically selected for their nutritional value and provide essential vitamins, minerals and key nutrients to ensure good health, growth and development.
See how WIC impacts the people of Nebraska:
• 39,495 women, infants and children participate in the program monthly (Oct 2012-Sept 2013).
• $29,517,660 spent in food benefits and put back into the local economy (FY 2013).
• 20.7% children in Nebraska are food insecure.
• The WIC food package includes fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains.
• 74% of Nebraska WIC mothers breastfeed their babies. Research shows numerous health benefits to both the mother and her baby, helping to reduce healthcare costs.
• For every dollar spent on a pregnant woman in WIC, up to $4.21 is saved in Medicaid for her and her newborn baby because WIC reduces the risk for preterm birth and low birth-weight babies by 25% and 44% respectively.
WIC is a federally funded nutrition program under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and does all of this and more. WIC is more than just food. It saves lives and improves the health of women and children in Nebraska. As one Nebraska WIC participant said, “WIC has made a difference in my life through coaching me on required im¬munization schedules, and ensuring adequate nutrition. WIC helps with the groceries and ensures my kids are on track developmentally. If WIC were not around, I would not have this valuable resource.”
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