Nutrition First serves as the Washington WIC Association
We support and promote breastfeeding, good nutrition, and access to food through education and advocacy. Our efforts focus on the pre-natal and early childhood populations (with an emphasis on reaching low income families); promoting prevention and shaping the health of the next generation by decreasing risk factors for chronic disease through a lifetime of good nutrition. We feel that access to healthy food is a social responsibility, and we know that good nutrition prepares a child to succeed in school and reach their full potential. Nutrition First is registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
We support and promote good nutrition, breastfeeding, and equitable access to healthy foods through education and advocacy.
Well-nourished communities thriving in Washington State.
is comprised of those providing and/or administrating the WIC program, early learning professionals, Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians, IBCLC’s and others with a passion in fulfilling our mission.
We would like to recognize our Lifetime Members – these individuals contributed a lifetime membership donation to Nutrition First:
Nutrition First, formerly Washington Association of Local WIC Agencies (WALWICA), was founded in 1987 by six WIC staff members who recognized the need to bring together the collective knowledge of a WIC professional to strengthen the quality of services provided to low-income women, infants, and children.
2018 Board of Directors
President – Brooke Pugliese
Past President – Larisa Harvey
President-elect – Rachel Markham
Treasurer – Stacey Busey
Secretary – Heather Eliason
Mara Andrus, Delores Baccus, Nicole Carbine, Season Fagan, Cindy Gamble, Kelsey Kreiger, Cindy Johnson, Lindy Marquez, Lenora Starr, Kate Wilson
Carolyn Conner, Executive Director
03/26/2019 @ All Day – Again this year Nutrition First trainer Michele Crockett, IBCLC, PCPA, LLLL, will provide this great training that is perfect for ALL new staff to attend. It’s also good for staff who want a refresher on how to support breastfeeding families. It covers staff roles, how to use client centered communication skills when talking about breastfeeding […]
03/27/2019 @ All Day – This training moves past the Foundations training and addresses more breastfeeding challenges and resources. This is a great training for clinics whose staff have already attended Foundations (or similar) and are interested in enhancing their skills in lactation support clinic-wide. This training is also open to those other working in the community to support breastfeeding, […]
04/22/2019 – 04/26/2019 @ All Day – “Helping Parents Understand Their Toddlers” M. JANE HEINIG, PHD, IBCLC UC DAVIS HUMAN LACTATION CENTER If you have attended a presentation from Jane Heinig in the past – you will recall what an engaging and memorable speaker she is! If you haven’t heard her before – you won’t want to miss her this time! Both […]
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