Request For Proposal (RFP) ITCA-WIC 23-01

PROJECT TITLE:  WIC Shopping Experience Improvement



EXPECTED PERIOD OF SERVICES: Tentatively January 9, 2023 – September 30, 2024

SUMMARY: The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations that are interested in performing an evaluation of the WIC shopping experience that will inform the creation of two (2) implementation plans; one (1) to improve the shopping experience and one (1) to establish online shopping.

Click Here for the Request for Proposal (RFP)



Temporary Formula Alternatives for WIC Clients

On February 17, 2022, Abbott issued a voluntary recall for certain powder formulas.

ITCA temporarily allowed alternate formulas to be purchased to ensure that families had the flexibility to purchase formulas available on store shelves in their areas. ITCA expanded options to include alternative brands, types and container sizes of formula. Currently, most of the Similac brand formulas are back on store shelves so ITCA has ended all alternate options except those for Similac Total Comfort.
Click here for available Similac Total Comfort alternates.

 What if I can’t find the formula that is in my benefits at the store?

Contact your local WIC clinic for assistance or call 800-360-6150.

Where can I find more information about the safety of Similac formulas?

WIC clients may visit for information about the safety of formula being produced.

 Can I give my baby homemade formula or cow’s milk?

Do not use homemade formulas or substitute water or cow’s milk for formula. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that parents and caregivers not replace formula purchased at the store with homemade formulas because of health and safety concerns. Homemade formulas, water and cow’s milk may become contaminated or may not contain adequate amounts of critical nutrients. These problems could lead to serious illness or could be life-threatening.

Opciones de fórmula infantil temporal

El 17 de febrero de 2022, Abbott emitió un retiro voluntario del mercado de algunas leches de fórmula en polvo.

ITCA ha permitido la compra de fórmulas alternativas para garantizar que las familias tengan la flexibilidad de comprar fórmulas disponibles en los estantes de las tiendas en sus áreas. ITCA amplió las opciones para incluir marcas alternativas, tipos y tamaños de envases de fórmula. Actualmente, la mayoría de las fórmulas de la marca Similac están nuevamente en los estantes de las tiendas, por lo que ITCA eliminará gradualmente las opciones alternativas.

Se permiten productos alternativos para Similac Total Comfort. Todas las demás fórmulas alternativas han sido descontinuadas. Consulta aquí las alternativas disponibles.

Qué pasa si no puedo encontrar la fórmula que está en mis beneficios en el supermercado?

Comuníquese con su clínica WIC local para obtener ayuda o llamar 800-360-6150.

Dónde puedo  encontrar más información sobre la seguridad de las fórmulas de Similac?

Los clientes de WIC pueden visitar el siguiente enlace para obtener información sobre la seguridad de la fórmula que se produce.

Puedo darle a mi bebé fórmula casera o leche de vaca?

No use fórmulas caseras ni substituya la fórmula con agua o leche de vaca. La Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA) y la Academia Americana de Pediatría (AAP) recomiendan que los padres y cuidadores no reemplacen la leche de fórmula comprada en la tienda con fórmulas caseras, debido al riesgo para la salud y la seguridad. La leche de fórmula casera, el agua o la leche de vaca se pueden contaminar o podrían no contener la cantidad adecuada de nutrientes esenciales. Estos problemas pueden causar enfermedades graves o ser letales.

August is National Breastfeeding Month

WBW 2020 logoEvery year, ITCA WIC local agencies highlight the importance of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding by celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month during the month of August. The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”, highlighting links between breastfeeding and planetary health.

ITCA WIC plays an important role in the promotion and support of breastfeeding on many of the tribal lands throughout Arizona. Breastfeeding is a team effort and when fathers, partners, families, hospitals, workplaces and communities support nursing moms, breastfeeding improves.  This year ITCA WIC will be celebrating World Breastfeeding Week by encouraging clients to participate in a virtual Latch On event on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. On August 12th families are encouraged to post their favorite nursing picture, “brelfie” (breastfeeding selfie) and/or their breastfeeding story via ITCA WIC’s Facebook or Instagram page with the hashtag #ITCAWICBreastfeeds.

WIC clients should contact their local WIC clinic for more information about any World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month events.

World Breastfeeding Week 2020 Poster

For more information regarding World Breastfeeding Week, check out the following resources:

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) – World Breastfeeding Week 

World Health Organization (WHO) – Breastfeeding 


COVID 19 WIC Update

We know this is a time of uncertainty but we want to let you know that WIC offices are open to take your calls and provide services. Some WIC clinics are open for in person appointments while others are still serving clients remotely. Call your WIC Clinic to determine whether your appointment will be in person or over the phone. You may also call 1-800-360-6150 for assistance.

National Nutrition Month

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National Nutrition Month®, celebrated each year during March, focuses on the importance of making smart choices when it come to our health in terms of eating and exercise. The theme this year is Eat Right, Bite by Bite. Drastically changing the way you eat and live can be overwhelming and the reason why most diets and New Year’s resolutions fail within weeks or months. This month we want to celebrate National Nutrition Month® by asking you all to make small changes to improve your diet and exercise daily so that they will add up to big changes over time…bite by bite.

Mindful Eating Infographic
Physical vs. Emotional Hunger Infographic
The Nutrition Facts Label Infographic

Infant Feeding

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Feeding your baby can be an overwhelming task, especially for new parents. There are so many rules and precautions when it comes to taking care of this new addition to your family and recommendations have changed recently. So check out the resources below to see some of the newest advice and try the quiz.

Infant Feeding Quiz
Age Appropriate Nutritional Foods Infograpic

Prematurity and SIDS Awareness

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On this final month of 2019, ITCA WIC would like to bring awareness to premature births and SIDS.

A full term pregnancy is 40 weeks and prematurity is a term for any baby born before 37 weeks gestation. While not all premature babies experience complications, being born too early can cause short-term and long-term health problems. Generally, the earlier a baby is born, the higher the risk of complications. If you deliver a preterm baby, your baby will likely need a longer hospital stay in a special nursery unit at the hospital. Although the exact cause of preterm birth is often unknown, there are some things that can be done to help prevent it. Please see the following for some more information:

Premature Babies Infographic
Preemie vs Full-Term Infographic
Premature Weeks Infographic
Premature Factors Infographic

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. There are many possible causes and risk factors that play a role in SIDS. There is no treatment for SIDS but you can help your baby sleep safely by staying informed. Check out the following resources to help stay informed:

5 Ways to Prevent SIDS Infographic
SIDS by Baby’s Age Infographic

American Diabetes Month

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The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona is honoring American Diabetes Month. Diabetes rates are on the rise in the US. Today, 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes and every 23 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes. American Indians have a 2.2 times higher likelihood to have diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites. There was a 68% increase in diabetes between 1994 and 2004 among American Indian youths aged 15-19. Data from the 2009 Indian Health Services’ (IHS) National Patient Information Reporting System (NPIRS) indicate that 14.2 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 20 years or older who received care from IHS had diagnosed diabetes. Statistics show that diabetes causes more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined.

People with diabetes can experience serious complications, including heart disease and stroke, blindness, chronic kidney disease, nervous system damage, and amputations. But people with diabetes who work with their health care providers and take care of their health can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications and premature death.

There are a few types of diabetes; Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational. Type 1 is also referred to as juvenile diabetes because it typically appears in adolescence. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives. Type 1 diabetes accounts for only 5 percent of people with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases. This form of diabetes is caused by a combination of things; genetics, extra weight, specifically extra fat around the waist, and more. Gestational diabetes only appears in pregnant women and develops in 2 to 10 percent of all pregnancies. It usually disappears when a pregnancy is over. However, if not treated, it can cause problems for mothers and babies.

The CDC reports that healthy eating, physical activity, and blood glucose testing are the basic therapies for type 2 diabetes. Many people with type 2 diabetes require oral medication, insulin, or both to control blood glucose levels. Healthy eating, physical activity, and insulin injections are the basic therapies for type 1 diabetes. The amount of insulin taken must be balanced with food intake and daily activities. Blood glucose levels must be closely monitored through frequent blood glucose testing. People should see a health care provider who will monitor their diabetes control and help them learn to manage their diabetes. People with diabetes also may see ophthalmologists for eye examinations; podiatrists for routine foot care; and dietitians and diabetes educators who teach the skills needed for daily diabetes management

For more information, check out:

CDC Diabetes Information
CDC Diabetes Infographic
Diabetes Awareness Month Infographic
Diabetes Month Infographic
Pre-diabetes Infographic
National Institutes of Health Diabetes Prevention Program

Health Education Month

October 2019


October is not only a month for ghosts and ghouls but also health education. Health encompasses a broad range of categories including physical, mental, emotional, social health, and more! Most people only think of physical health when the word “healthy” comes up. But healthy habits in all of these sections of health are necessary for overall wellbeing. Daily exercise, healthy eating, and rest are three major factors that play a role in our overall health. This month, try to take time to make healthy food choices, get out and exercise, and get your 8 hours of sleep. Check out these resources for some other tips.

Your Prescription for a Healthy Heart Infographic
Women’s Mental Health Infographic
Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health Infographic
Pay Attention to Your Mental Health Infographic

Food Safety Education Month



September is National Food Safety Education Month. Learn some important food safety tips here! Take steps to help prevent food borne illness, and show others how to keep food safe. Did you know that some groups of people are more likely to get sick from food than others? These groups are:

  • Children younger than 5
  • Adults aged 65 and older
  • People with health problems or who take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness
  • Pregnant women

According to the CDC, every year about 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from eating contaminated food.

To help protect yourself and your family, the CDC recommends these four steps:

  • Clean: Wash your hands, utensils, and surfaces often when you cook.
  • Separate: Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread germs. Separate them from cooked food and fresh produce.
  • Cook: Use a food thermometer to make sure foods are cooked to an internal temperature that kills germs.
  • Chill: Refrigerate perishable foods external icon and leftovers within two hours. Chill within one hour if it’s above 90°F.

To learn more, check out these resources:

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Food Poisoning Infographic
Signs of Food Poisoning Infographic
Food Safety Rules Infographic
Steps to Safe Fruits & Vegetables Infographic
Safety Tips for Common Foods Infographic


National Breastfeeding Month

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Every year, ITCA WIC local agencies highlight the importance of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding by celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month during the month of August. This year’s theme Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding celebrates how we can work together to advocate for breastfeeding policy changes, improve workplace support and empower both parents so they can reach their breastfeeding goals.


ITCA WIC plays an important role in the promotion and support of breastfeeding on many of the reservations throughout Arizona. Breastfeeding is a team effort and when fathers, partners, families, hospitals, workplaces and communities support nursing moms, breastfeeding improves.

World Breastfeeding Week Infographic

For more information regarding World Breastfeeding Week, check out the following resources: 

WABA – World Breastfeeding Week

WHO – Breastfeeding

Limit Sugar Drinks

July 2019

As temperatures rise, so does our thirst. But be aware of what you’re guzzling down. Sugar sweetened beverages come in many forms; soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened waters, and coffee and tea beverages with added sugars. Sugary drinks increase the risk of: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, and cavities so it matters how much we are putting into our bodies. Experts recommend that kids have less than 6 teaspoons of added sugars daily. Check out the infographic below for how much sugar is in some of your child’s drinks. This summer, let’s work to increase water consumption and decrease consumption of sugar sweetened beverages!

American Heart Association Infographic
Limit Sugary Drinks Infographic
Healthy Drink Replacements for Sugar Drinks Infographic
Body Water Infograhic

High Blood Pressure Awareness Month

June 2019

This month, ITCA WIC would like to bring some light to an important matter; your heart. High blood pressure affects one in three Americans and yet many people with the condition do not know they have it. This is because high blood pressure often has no symptoms and why it is referred to as the silent killer. When left untreated, the damage that high blood pressure does to your body is a big contributor to heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American Indians. The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked regularly; doctors suggest getting checked once every few months. Diabetes increases the chances of high blood pressure. Check out the links below for other factors that can increase your risk for high blood pressure and ways to help prevent it.

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Healthy Blood Pressue for Healthy Hearts Fact Sheet
Tips to Reduce Salt and Sodium
Making the Right Move
High Blood Pressure Infographic


National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May 2019

This is a time to highlight the importance of staying active through sports and other fitness activities. Research says 60 minutes per day of physical activity for kids (and adults 30 minutes per day) is important for our health. A sedentary lifestyle has been identified as a primary risk factor for obesity and other chronic diseases. Unfortunately, obesity among American Indian children and adolescents is increasing. Watching television and videos, and playing video games have become increasingly popular, and may act as substitutes for moderate and vigorous physical activities in adolescents.  During this month of awareness, we encourage everyone to power-off mobile devices and video games and instead, become more physically active while at home and at school or work.

Here are some ideas for how to promote physical activity:

  • Hold a community fitness fair or family fitness night, where families participate in fitness demonstrations and learn about community resources (e.g. parks, trails, and fitness facilities) related to physical activity.
  • Conduct a walk-a-thon, where students raise money to walk a certain number of laps or miles. Use the funds raised to purchase equipment for PE, recess or classroom physical activity breaks.
  • Create a fitness circuit course with various fitness stations.
  • Plan a school-wide field day.
  • Challenge classrooms to be active for at least 10 minutes per day by participating in daily classroom physical activity breaks.
  • Host open gym for students to experience new sports and fitness activities.
  • Encourage families to participate at home by taking a walk after dinner or going for a bike ride.
  • Encourage families to make small changes. Remind them that activity for just 5 or 10 minutes at a time adds up throughout the day!

For younger kids, try:

  • Dancing
  • Playing tag
  • Hide and seek
  • Hula Hoop
  • Jump Rope

What will you do this month to be more physically active?

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month Infographic

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign that we celebrate to help raise awareness of the importance of our health and the control we have over it. Unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are the leading causes of death in the United States. In the last thirty years, obesity rates have doubled in adults, tripled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents. Let us take this month to commit to making some healthy changes to our diet and lifestyle in an effort to reverse these statistics. Pick one change you would like to make this month and encourage friends and family to do the same. It may just help you and your loved ones live longer!

National Nutrition Month Infographic

WIC is open!

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Closely Spaced Pregnancies

We know you love your little bundle of joy. How could you not, look how cute they are! But with almost 50% of pregnancies in the U.S. being unplanned, we understand that many people may have wanted that bundle of joy a little later in life.  Luckily, families have more control over child spacing than ever before.

Most studies show that 18-24 months between pregnancies is ideal for multiple reasons including the health of the mother and the baby.  Check out some of the other reasons here:

Closely Spaced Pregnancies Infographic

Test your knowledge on pregnancy spacing:

True or False:

  1. You cannot get pregnant while breastfeeding.
  2. It is not recommended to continue taking your prenatal vitamin while breastfeeding.
  3. Over 50% of ITCA WIC moms spaced out their pregnancies by at least 18 months.
  4. One reason to space out pregnancies is to reduce the risk for birth defects.

Answer Key:

  1. False
  2. False
  3. True
  4. True

Whole Grains Month

September 2018

September is whole grains month and ITCA WIC encourages all of you to make at least half your grains whole! Consuming whole grains has many proven benefits such as reduced risks of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. The consumption of them can lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as improve digestion.

The Whole Grains Council has provided the following ways to slowly increase your intake of whole grains:

  • Buy three different loaves of whole-grain bread and taste all of them to see which one you like best.
  • Serve bulgur or brown rice instead of potatoes with dinner one night this month.
  • Look for the Whole Grain Stamp every time you shop.
  • Try a new breakfast cereal with whole grains as the first ingredient.
  • Buy some whole-wheat pasta and try it.
  • Make my favorite whole grain recipe for a friend.
  • On the weekend, try cooking a pot of steel-cut oatmeal.
  • Make pizza for the kids with whole wheat pita as the crust.
  • Serve hamburgers with whole wheat buns this week.

Whole Grains Infographic

Happy Whole Grains Month!

National Breastfeeding Month

August 2018

Every year, ITCA WIC local agencies highlight the importance of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding by celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month during the month of August.  This year’s theme of Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life celebrates how breastfeeding prevents hunger and malnutrition and ensures food security for babies, especially in times of crises.

Nutrition, Food Security, and Poverty Reduction:

  • Breastfeeding is a natural and low-cost way of feeding babies and children. It is affordable for everyone and does not burden household budgets compared to formula feeding.  Breastfeeding can contribute to poverty reduction.
  • Breastmilk is FREE.  Not breastfeeding results in financial losses of about $302 billion each year. Families worldwide spend about $54 billion every year on formula.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding for two years and beyond provide high quality nutrients and adequate energy that can help prevent hunger, undernutrition and obesity. Breastfeeding means food security for infants.

National Breastfeeding Month Infographic

For more information regarding World Breastfeeding Week, check out the following resources:

WABA – World Breastfeeding Week
WHO – Breastfeeding


Portion Control

June 2018

Tips on managing your portions at home and when eating out.

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Age Appropriate Nutritional Foods

April 2018

Tips on age appropriate foods for infants and children 18 months and younger.

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National Nutrition Month

March 2018

“Go Further with Food”

A Public Service Message from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Whether you’re starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before a workout, the foods you choose can make a real difference. March is National Nutrition Month, the time to return to the basics of healthful eating. This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food.” Planning meals and snacks in advance will add nutrients, save you money and help reduce food waste. Here are some tips:

  • Create a meal prep plan that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
  • Buy only the amount of food that your family can eat or freeze within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
  • Be mindful of portion sizes – just eat and drink the amount that’s right for you.

In order to find a personalized plan that works best for you and your family, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist. Learn how to go further with food and find a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in your area by visiting  and following hashtag National Nutrition Month.

National Nutrition Month Handouts and Tips for Families and Communities

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American Heart Month

February 2018

February is American Heart month and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the American Heart Association want to help everyone live longer, healthier lives by getting the word out on heart health. With cardiovascular disease accounting for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US, American Heart Month is an attempt to remind Americans to focus on their health. Check out the infographic below for more information:

American Heart Month Infographic

You can also help raise awareness, particularly on February 2nd, which is National Wear Red Day. Why wear red? It’s because February 2nd is a day that has been dedicated to helping raise awareness of the high risk of stroke and other cardiac events in women. By wearing red, you are helping spread the word that 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. Take control of your own health and encourage other women to do the same by knowing their numbers: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. Wear red, share your photos on social media, spread the word!

Dental Awareness

October 2017

Taking good care of your teeth is not just about having a nice smile and pleasant breath.  A healthy mouth may help you ward off medical conditions.

Tooth decay is a significant health problem for American Indians.  In 2014, more than 2.4 million American Indians lived in counties with dental care shortage areas, and half of all American Indian children lived in a shortage area. In fact, preschool-aged American Indian children had four times more cases of untreated tooth decay than white children—43 percent compared with 11 percent. Studies show that it appears the prevalence of dental disease among American Indians is increasing. Read on to learn more about how poor dental health can affect your overall health.

Poorly Controlled Diabetes: If you have diabetes, you’re already at increased risk of developing gum disease. But chronic gum disease may, in fact, make diabetes more difficult to control. An infection may cause insulin resistance, which affects blood sugar control.

Cardiovascular Disease: Oral inflammation due to bacteria called gingivitis may play a role in clogged arteries and blood clots. It appears that bacteria in the mouth may cause inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries. This inflammation may cause buildup of plaques in the arteries, possibly increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Preterm Birth: Severe gum disease may increase the risk of preterm delivery and giving birth to a low birth weight baby. Research estimates  that as many as 18 percent of preterm, low birth weight babies born in the U.S. each year may be attributed to oral infections. They suspect oral bacteria release toxins, which reach the placenta through the mother’s bloodstream and interfere with the growth and development of the fetus.

Nutrition: Sensitivity in the mouth or pain while eating caused by dental problems can affect the foods we chose to eat. This can result in elimination of entire food groups which can greatly affect our health. Be sure to talk to your dentist about any pain or sensitivity in your mouth during your routine checkups.

Start taking care of your oral health early on in life because you’re making an investment in your overall health, not just for now, but for the future, too. See the information below to find steps to care for your mouth in all stages of life.

Dental Awareness Infographic

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