The Foundation of Life

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Michigan.
In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. With no additional burden on household income, breastfeeding is a low-cost way of feeding babies and contributes to poverty reduction. Breastfeeding prevents hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, and ensures food security for babies, even in times of crises.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan offers Lactation Support home and office visits and education with IBCLC's and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors for new mothers and newborns and FREE Breastfeeding classes for all WIC participants.

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Have you received an eligibility notice for the Summer EBT Program for Children?

On behalf of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and your local school district, all students in your household that qualify for free or reduced lunches have been selected to participate in the Summer Electronic Benefit for Children Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture. Each qualifying child can receive $30 worth of healthy food per summer month on an EBT card. The EBT card can be used at all WIC approved grocery stores and supermarkets. Benefits will roll forward, and expire 09/03/2018. Please call the SEBTC Help Desk at 1- 888 -265- 3291 for questions or more information. Take advantage of this great program!

For more information on WIC eligibility contact the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at


How's the Water?

We monitor the water quality all summer long for his safety and for yours. We want all of the residents and visitors in our 4 counties to enjoy the beauty and fun of the lakes without having to worry about what's lurking in the water.

Check MDEQ's Michigan Beachguard System to see how the water is at your favorite beach before heading out.