Annual events coincide with World Breastfeeding Week
Guest Editorial by Catholic Health
Expectant and young families are invited to attend one of three Healthy Baby Festival events hosted by Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program this August. The festivals are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1 at Allen Park in Jamestown; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2 at Mang Park in Kenmore; and noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 – all at Hyde Park splash pad in Niagara Falls.
The Healthy Baby Festival is free and supported by several local community agencies, and sponsored in part by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. It is held across the three counties offering activities for children and information for parents.
Catholic Charities WIC hosts the events in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7) to raise awareness about the significance and benefits that breastfeeding provides.
“Anyone interested in learning more about the importance of a healthy start for babies is welcome to attend, especially expectant mothers, families and caregivers,” said Katie Constantino, breastfeeding coordinator for Catholic Charities WIC. “We have plenty of fun planned, in addition to important resources on infant and child safety, nutrition, breastfeeding and more!”
In celebration of Catholic Charities’ 100 years of serving Western New York, additional employees and staff will be on hand volunteering during each of these festivals and facilitating activities for families.
WIC offers nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals, and supplemental food vouchers. WIC services are available through application to married or single parents, foster parents, or other legal guardians of a child under 5. All services offered are free of charge.
Catholic Charities administers WIC in Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara counties. Last year, the program impacted more than 81,350 individuals across the three counties.
For more information about WIC, go to ccwny.org/wic or call 716-218-1484.