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WIC 1 OF 4 AGENCIES IN FLORIDA TO RECEIVE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

By Kathy Newby

August 16, 2018

Okaloosa County, Fla.— Women, Infants and Children (WIC), has been awarded the USDA, Gold Level Loving Support Award of Excellence. This is a national award, with 78 WIC agencies receiving the award this year, and only 4 in Florida: Okaloosa, Gadsden, Jackson and Pasco Counties. 

“The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa (DOH-Okaloosa), including WIC has made breastfeeding a priority in its Healthy Okaloosa and Florida Healthy Babies initiative and this recognition demonstrates the impact WIC has on improving the health of infants and mothers through breastfeeding,” said Director Karen Chapman, DOH-Okaloosa.  “This timely award also comes during National Breastfeeding Month!”

The USDA Loving Support Award of Excellence is awarded to WIC agencies that have provided exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support activities. The intent of the award is to provide models and motivate other local agencies and clinics to strengthen their breastfeeding promotion and support activities and ultimately increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates among WIC participants. Three levels of excellence will be recognized and awarded: Gold, Gold Premiere, and Gold Elite.

For  more information about this award, visit: https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/breastfeeding-priority-wic-program. DOH-Okaloosa holds breastfeeding classes in the WIC clinic in Fort Walton Beach and Crestview, for more information, contact WIC, 850-833-9254 or 689-7858. For more information about the Florida WIC program, call 1-800-342-3556 or visit www.FloridaWIC.org.  To learn more about breastfeeding initiatives in Florida, visit www.flbreastfeeding.org.