December 10, 2007
Babies do not know much about economic theory, but their health and well-being are dependent on economic conditions. Economists such as Nobel laureate James J. Heckman are convinced that securing babies' health and education is a wise investment. Yet Congress is considering a compromise with President Bush that would limit the funding of our country's largest and most successful health and nutrition program targeted to pregnant women, infants and children under age 5. WIC - formally the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children - was initiated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1974 to prevent low birthweight and iron deficiency.
February 13, 2006
Among the many unfortunate cuts in domestic spending in President Bush's budget proposal is one that seems unnecessarily callous and will eliminate a relatively inexpensive food program that supplemented the diets of low-income seniors and poor pregnant women and children. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program serves about 424,000 people for less than $20 per person each month. More than a third of them are over age 75. Nearly 49,000 pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children will also be affected.
May 6, 1994
Government bashing has become such a popular hobby that it comes as a surprise when people actually want to celebrate a government program, especially one designed to help poor people. The celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, illustrate that sometimes government does things right.Baltimore has special cause for pride; the chief model for the program was pioneered here in the late 1960s by community activists and a young Hopkins pediatrician who recognized the crucial link between nutrition and health.
May 5, 1994
Hunger hurts at any age, but as scientists learn more about the role of nutrition in human development, hunger's toll becomes clearer. Stunted development, both mental and physical, is only part of the cost. Chronic health problems can begin at birth; later on, schools see the results in children unable to learn or even concentrate. That is doubly tragic when the causes for failure in school are preventable by something as simple as decent food, especially in the crucial early years of life.
May 12, 2011
Congress' recent efforts to balance the federal budget give new meaning to "women and children first. " The $500 million cut to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) that President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans agreed to as part of last month's budget deal pushes the nation's fiscal concerns onto the shoulders of babies. Because WIC actually reduces health care costs, it is not clear why it has been targeted for cuts. Economic analysis from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
October 23, 1995
Mount Airy library will offer children's programs this fall.Registration is being accepted for "Tony Ross is Special," for children in kindergarten and older at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1."Making Music," for infants and children to age 3, will be held at 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Registration starts Thursday."Little House on the Prairie," for children in first grade and older, will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Nov. 15. Registration starts Nov. 1.Registration also is being accepted for "A Tour of the World Wide Web," for adults at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.The library is at 705 Ridge Ave. Information: 795-1010.