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Rep. Brat Introduces WIC Improvement Legislation

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Washington, July 28, 2017 | Juliana Heerschap (2022252815) | comments
WASHINGTON - Rep. Brat issued the following statement after introducing the WIC Improvement Act, H.R. 3529. This legislation would allow for multivitamin dietary supplements to be included in WIC food packages.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition for Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC provides nutritional food, education, and services to eligible low-income women. The program gives beneficiaries monthly benefits to be used to supplement their families diets.

“The goal of WIC is to improve the health of pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants. Including multivitamin dietary supplements in the list of acceptable products that can be purchased is simply a common sense reform to improve the effectiveness of the program. While there is never a good substitute for the nutrients found in whole foods, I believe multivitamin dietary supplements can help fill nutrient gaps. My legislation will empower mothers with the choice to purchase multivitamin dietary supplements to compensate for potential nutrient deficiencies so we have healthier moms and healthier babies.”

Text of the legislation here.
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