The foods you choose to eat can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. At Women & Infants' Nutrition Services Department, we can help you learn to make healthy food choices for yourself and your family. We work closely with your physician or other health provider to develop a personalized nutrition care plan for you.
A Staff of Knowledgeable Nutrition Specialists
Our professional staff is made up of fully licensed and registered dietitians and nutritionists. As part of Women and Infants' Hospital - one of the nation's leading specialty hospitals for women and newborn children - we have special expertise in all aspects of women's nutrition, including the needs of pregnant women.
Services and Areas of Expertise
- Medical nutrition therapy for women's health disorders
- Nutrition and weight management for women planning to get pregnant
- Diabetes in pregnancy and other nutrition-related high-risk pregnancy medical conditions
- Postpartum nutrition, including breastfeeding
- Eating disorders in adult women
- WIC Program
- RIte Care nutrition referral services
The WIC Program is a special food supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children. It is a nationwide nutrition education program offering healthy food and nutrition advice to women and their families. It is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and administered through the Rhode Island State Department of Health and local agencies throughout Rhode Island.
WIC Program Eligibility Requirements
- Pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum (less than six months) women, infants less than 12 months old, and children less than five years old
- Resident of Rhode Island
- Having a nutritional need
- Meeting income guidelines (see income table)
Household income before taxes for April 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
|Family size (unborn included):
||*Earnings up to per week:|
Add $145 for each additional household member after 8.
*Figures are rounded upward to the nearest dollar
- Checks to buy specific supplemental and nutritious foods such as low-fat milk, eggs, vitamin C-rich juice, cheese, whole-grain bread, iron-fortified cereals, beans or peanut butter, fruits and vegetables, infant formula, and special medical formulas and jarred infant foods. Extra foods such as canned fish and cheese can be added for mothers who are exclusively breastfeeding.
- Nutrition education and advice on making healthy food choices for women and their families
- Breast-feeding encouragement and support
- Coordination and referrals to health care providers and other community services