To be eligible for WIC participation, an individual must be determined to have a nutrition risk. In many cases, this is done in the WIC clinic at no cost to the applicant. However, this information can be obtained from another health professional such as the applicant's physician.
"Nutrition risk" means that an individual has medical-based or dietary-based conditions. Examples of medical-based conditions include anemia (low blood levels), underweight, or history of poor pregnancy outcome. A dietary-based condition includes, for example, a poor diet.
At a minimum, the applicant's height and weight must be measured and blood work taken to check for anemia.
An applicant must have at least one of the medical or dietary conditions on the Otoe-Missouria’s list of WIC nutrition risk criteria to qualify for services.
When the participant is deemed to be at high nutrition risk, the clinic staff will refer them to the Registered Dietitian (RD) for consultation. If at any time a participant has nutrition related question or concern they are encouraged to contact the dietitian on the Otoe-Missouria WIC staff.