NFL fans might be familiar with Charlie Batch’s achievement on the field. As a Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, he accomplished a great deal throughout his 15-season NFL career, including winning two Super Bowls. Even after he retired, Charlie Batch has continued to be involved in the sport, serving as a game-day commentator for the Steelers and transition consultant for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).
But Charlie Batch is also frequently recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s first Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) babies. When he was growing up, this program helped provide nutrition for his family. Receiving foods ranging from milk to fruits and veggies helped Charlie grow as both a child and athlete.
Today, he continues to share the positive impact this program had on his family — and many other families throughout Pennsylvania — to show his support and raise awareness.
What Is a WIC Baby?
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also referred to as WIC, was established in the early 1970s. The purpose of this program is to serve low-income women, infants and toddlers, and children up to age 5.
Women and children at nutritional risk can receive supplemental nutritional foods as well as nutritional counseling at WIC clinics. Along with food benefits, this program also includes screenings and referrals to social, health and welfare services.
Through WIC, pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women can more easily support and provide their babies with the nutrition they need to grow strong and healthy.
Learn More About WIC
At Hamilton Health Center, we offer WIC services to the greater Harrisburg area at our facility. If you qualify, every participant in your family can receive food benefits. You can also take advantage of:
- Breastfeeding promotion and support.
- Healthy foods.
- Health and social service referrals.
- Nutrition education and tips.
We are here to provide health care and support when no one else will. To learn more or see if you qualify for WIC services, please contact us today.
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