WIC provides the unique benefit of access to nutrition educators. Not only will we help you provide food for your family, we will help you learn the best ways to teach your children to enjoy eating good food. Our nutrition educators are trained to listen to your individual concerns and work with you to set goals that will improve your family’s health.
The nutrition staff includes two Registered Dietitians, nutrition experts who are available to work with families with more complex concerns.
We also have many Certified Lactation Counselors, individuals who have received advanced training in educating and supporting breastfeeding women.
The nutrition educator will invite you to her office and talk with you about any food-related questions you have. She can also explain how to shop for WIC food in the grocery stores. The nutrition educator also knows about other resources in the community that may help meet your family’s needs.
Your conversation with the nutrition educator will wrap up once you’ve set a nutrition goal. Goals are a great way to focus on one thing you can improve – whether it’s more time with family meals or just helping your child try one new food, the educators can help you plan one small change to help keep you and your children healthy.
Quick WIC: Group discussion
Quick WIC is group nutrition education provided to eligible WIC clients. In Knox County, Quick WIC is offered several times a day, every day. We have separate groups focused on specific ages: infants, children, prenatal women, and breastfeeding moms. Quick WIC is available in English and Spanish. The groups meet in our demonstration kitchen on the second floor of the main health department. Quick WIC is an excellent way for our families to share their experiences and learn alongside other families who are starting on their journeys of raising young children. Many of our groups also get to sample a recipe that utilizes WIC foods. Quick WIC is a relaxed and efficient setting to learn from other families and receive your checks, all in about an hour. Children and infants are welcome to attend, but are not required to be present.
Fast Pass: Online education
Tennessee offers online WIC learning at this website. You can choose from several topics and you only need to complete one for the whole family. Follow the instructions given by WIC staff to create your wichealth.org account. Complete the education anywhere you have access to the internet. We even have a computer kiosk in the hall outside the WIC office.