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Waiting room at Burton WIC clinic gets makeover

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(12/10/13) - Each month, 11,000 mothers and their children from the Genesee County community visit this waiting room at the WIC clinic in Burton.

Tuesday morning, Genesee County Health Officials unveiled the clinic's new waiting room.

"I think it's warming and inviting for the kids because when you go to an appointment, you're just sitting there and you're waiting and you're waiting and so the kids have a fun place to be and I think it makes it an overall better experience for the family," said Jennifer Rodriguez, a WIC recipient.

Rodriguez is just one of many to benefit from the improvements, which includes a mural produced by a University of Michigan-Flint art professor and his students.

"The colors effect the mood and this is really a great extreme makeover of this facility," said art professor Michael Sevick.

"Especially with the colors, I think it's something that's going to brighten the kids as soon as they walk through the door," said art student Ashley Thornton.

Health officials hope this increases the number of recipients walking through that door. They say the need is definitely there.

"Based upon the demographics of this community, we estimate that there could be 18,000 individuals that qualify for the programs," said Mark Valacak, of the Genesee County Health Department.

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