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Nonprofit to mark 25 years

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GINA R. HEINE
October 10, 2008
— Tough economic times are prompting more families to apply for the Women, Infants and Children Program, or WIC, and other programs available through Nutrition and Health Associates.

And more working families probably qualify, said Jennifer Johnson, nutrition director.


Staff members at Nutrition and Health Associates will answer questions about their programs during an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday at their office, 32 E. Racine St., Janesville, as they celebrate the nonprofit’s 25th anniversary.


The private maternal and child health and nutrition organization was founded in 1983 to be a one-stop service for health-related programs offered to low-income, high-risk families.


Its clients are women of childbearing age including adolescents, pregnant and breastfeeding women and infants and children under age 5.


“Education to the community is very important to us,” Johnson said. “Educating about health and nutrition is a passion all of our employees have, so we like to make sure others learn about it.”


Nutrition and Health Associates serves more than 6,300 participants annually, including more than 200 women and 4,200 infants and children up to age 5. It has 20 employees, seven who are fluent in Spanish, between their offices in Janesville and Beloit.


Aside from the county WIC program, which is the state’s sixth largest, the nonprofit’s programs also include Prenatal Care Coordination, Health Check Program, contracted services by registered dietitians and collaborative community partnerships.



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