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Revised WIC tied to improved child development

A study in Pediatrics found that infants whose mothers received the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children during pregnancy had higher length-for-age z scores at 12 months and higher Bayley Scales of Infant Development cognitive composite scores at 24 months, compared with those whose mothers did not receive the revised food package. The findings, based on data involving 1,222 women and children, "provide timely and critical evidence for the role that WIC plays in improving the health of the nation's most vulnerable populations, suggesting meaningful impacts of the revised WIC food package on child development," the researchers wrote.

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