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Lexington health department closing busy clinic

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will close its downtown WIC program office at 234 East Third Street on Dec. 19 and begin assisting clients at other clinics.

Demand for services at the downtown location has caused the clinic to outgrow its current space, the health department announced. Each month, about 400 people visit the clinic.

The WIC program is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It provides nutrition education and healthy food to children up to 5 years old and to low-income women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or who have given birth in the past six months.

The downtown office also needs to be replaced, but there is not enough room on the land for expansion, officials said.

Clients with appointments after Dec. 19 should be contacted by phone and mail to pick a new site for their next appointment.

The other locations are at 805 Newtown Circle, 2433 Regency Road, 1135 Red Mile Place and 1169 Winburn Drive.

Anyone with questions about the transition should call the health department at 288-2333.