State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

Illinois WIC Here for You!

WIC is a federal nutrition education supplemental food program with a 40 year history striving to meet the individual needs of its participants.

The WIC Program Provides:

    • Nutrition Education, Nutrition Counseling and Breastfeeding Support
    • Nutritious Foods
    • Referrals to Other Services
  • WIC Staff are healthcare professionals trained to monitor height/weight, BMI, and provide counseling and nutrition education to empower participants to make positive behavioral changes resulting in improved health outcomes.

    WIC Staff are dedicated to reducing the childhood obesity rate in Illinois by promoting healthy eating habits and encouraging physical activity which lead to our goal of producing healthier families.

WIC Partnerships & Collaborations

WIC reaches out to other Maternal Child Health programs within the Department of Human Services, the Medical Community, Schools, Health Departments, Community Based Organizations and Advocacy Groups to improve Illinois childhood obesity rates.

The Role of WIC in Obesity Prevention:

  • Breastfeeding Promotion and Education
  • Nutrition Education, Health Screening and Counseling
  • Addressing Food Insecurity
  • Promotion of the Fruit & Vegetables More Matters Campaign
  • Administration of the Illinois WIC Farmer's Market Program

Strategies WIC uses for Promoting Healthy Weight in Children

    The Illinois WIC Program:

    • Promotes breastfeeding as the normal and optimal method to feed infants for at least the 1st year of life.
    • Encourages parents to be role models. Children are most likely to engage in healthy behaviors when parents emphasize and maintain healthy behaviors themselves.
    • Promotes active play among children and their parents.
    • Encourages family meals and snacks to provide a sense of security and stability.
    • Supports reducing TV viewing time to less than 2 hours per day.
    • Encourages creating a nurturing environment that promotes a health centered versus weight centered approach that focuses on the whole person, physically, mentally, and socially.

    WIC provides healthy supplemental foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, and low-fat dairy products.

    Our focus is on connecting nutrition education and counseling with the WIC foods we provide.

    WIC Program Staff

    The WIC Program is staffed by highly qualified health professionals at the state and local level.

    The state WIC Program Staff consist of a Nutrition Services Coordinator, Breastfeeding Coordinator, Statewide Regional Nutritionist Consultants and Outreach/Obesity Prevention staff. All of who are Registered and Licensed Dietitians with graduate degrees and/or advanced training in breastfeeding and weight management.

    Regional staff train local WIC frontline and professional staff on a regular basis and serve as a resource for continuing education.

    At the local level, WIC Program Staff consist of Registered Dietitians, Licensed Nutritionists, Registered Nurses and Licensed Diet Technicians.

    For more information contact the Illinois WIC Program:

    Monday - Friday during business hours


    1-888-261-2713 (NexTalk)

    For our office locator visit our website at:

    If you have questions about any Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) programs, you may call the automated helpline 24 hours a day at:


    1-800-447-6404 (TTY)

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