WIC uses the 2006 WHO/CDC Growth Charts to assess growth patterns and determine nutritional risk among children under the age of two. This practice is based upon recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is in accordance with USDA policy.  Although many pediatric providers are likely using the new grids, there may be some who continue to assess growth for children 0 – 24 months based on the 2000 CDC grids.  In an effort to ensure that families receive consistent messages about growth status, WIC is eager to work with health care providers to smoothly implement the transition to the WHO grids.  For access to the WHO charts and to read CDC’s recommendations regarding their use, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/who_charts.htm.

For children over the age of 2, WIC continues to use the 2000 CDC Growth Charts: stature-for-age, weight-for-age and BMI-for-age.

Providers can contact Rachel Colchamiro, Director for Nutrition Services at 617-624-6153 or rachel.colchamiro@state.ma.us for more information.