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Evaluating the impact of WIC on breastfeeding and obesity. Shannon E. Whaley, Ph.D. Director of Research and Evaluation PHFE WIC Program. WIC in Los Angeles County (LAC). Serves over 600,000 individuals/month in 90+ WIC Centers.

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evaluating the impact of wic on breastfeeding and obesity

Evaluating the impact of WIC on breastfeeding and obesity

Shannon E. Whaley, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Evaluation

PHFE WIC Program

wic in los angeles county lac
WIC in Los Angeles County (LAC)
  • Serves over 600,000 individuals/month in 90+ WIC Centers.
  • Serves 91% of the eligible infants & 69% of all infants born in LAC.
  • 81% Hispanic, 9% African-American, 5% White, 5% Asian.
  • 7 local agency WIC Programs in LAC - PHFE is largest (caseload = 310,550).
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Combo - Feeding

Exclusive Breastfeeding

breastfeeding and obesity
Breastfeeding and Obesity
  • PHFE WIC serves over 300,000 participants/month
  • ~5000 births/month
  • 60 sites in LA, Orange and San Bernardino Counties
  • 84% Hispanic, 6% Asian, 5% African-American, 4% White
what data do we have
What data do we have?
  • 70,000+ infants on WIC from birth to 4+ years old
  • They have the same Individual ID for four + years

Same child on WIC four years later

Infant on WIC

Four + Years

overall impact infant breastfeeding obesity @ 4 years old
Overall ImpactInfant Breastfeeding  Obesity @ 4 years old

Obesity Rates for 4 Yr Olds

25.9% are obese

19.8% are obese

23.6% less likely to be obese at 4 years old

Infants at Enrollment

acknowledgments
Acknowledgments
  • Mike Whaley, IT Director, PHFE WIC
  • Eloise Jenks, Executive Director, PHFE WIC
  • Judy Gomez, Director of Planning and Projects, PHFE WIC
  • Kiran Saluja, Deputy Director, PHFE WIC
  • Michele van Eyken, Chief, California WIC Program
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