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Date(s) - 10/24/2017 - 10/25/2017
All Day

Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center Seatac

Celebrating What Unites Us – For over 40 years, WIC has helped young families in Washington State by providing healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to other critical services.  Join us to celebrate and build on the success of WIC. In addition, we will be celebrating the 30 year anniversary of Nutrition First (originated as the Washington Association of Local WIC Agencies in 1987)!

Embracing our Strengths –  WIC services are more important now than ever! While at the conference we will learn about the many ways we can build on our strengths to support families so they can thrive.

Sharing our Kindness – As we welcome families into WIC, we have the ability to improve health outcomes and ensure children have a successful start in school. During the conference we will learn new ways to share and show our kindness to clients, ourselves, and our co-workers.


Register Here!  Please register NOW, and pay later when funds are available.  Please have one person from your agency complete all registrations to prevent duplicates. You may register up to 30 people in one transaction. Registration deadline: October 10. Questions about registration? E-mail or call 206-450-6139.  Registration fee: $375 for full conference (2 days of speakers, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, evening reception, 2 days parking.) 


Draft Agenda updated 9/9/17


September 5 update: The Nutrition First block of rooms at the Doubletree SeaTac is sold-out. We have a block of rooms available at the LaQuinta Inn, just across the street! (2824 S 188th St.)  To reserve, call 206-241-5211 and reference Nutrition First. The LaQuinta offers an airport shuttle, and free parking.  You may still be able to reserve a room at the DoubleTree by calling reservations directly, through their website, or an on-line travel website.  The room would not be part of the Nutrition First block, and would be at a different rate.

Sold Out! DoubleTree SeaTac, 18740 International Bvd. To reserve a room, click here, or call 1- 800-222-8733 and use the group code:  NUT   Per hotel policy, each room must be reserved as a separate transaction. Please reserve by August 31 for best availability!

Trade Show

If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the Nutrition First WIC Conference, please contact Teresa Morris at teresa.morris@ymail.com or 916.276.8283. Trade Show Packet

Slide Show - Please Submit Photos!

One of the best things about coming together at a conference is sharing with each other what we all do so well… “WIC”! When we see our WIC moments – from clinic days to Farmers Market to nutrition and breastfeeding groups to community events – it inspires and unites us. In past years, staff told us the slideshow meant so much because they could see themselves and others making a difference for WIC families. You and your staff won’t want to miss out on showing how you make a difference! Please join us this year in sharing your clinic’s WIC moments! It’s easy to send photos to us for the slide show at the Nutrition First WIC conference.

1. What – share photos of your staff, clinic, and clients doing WIC work. We’d love to see staff doing the work they love with families, kids, and babies. • Are you participating in community events, like World Breastfeeding Week? • Are you giving out FMNP at the Farmers Market? • Do you have sweet moments from your clinic, like smiling staff greeting clients? • Do you have historical photos of staff? We’re also celebrating 30 years of Nutrition First (aka WALWICA). • Do you have group education sessions? • Do you have WIC moments you’d love to show a small group of 700 of your peers?

2. When – photos are due to the Slideshow committee by September 25, 2017. All photos may not be used.

3. How – Email all photos to WaWICPictures@gmail.com. Help us by: • Selecting one person per agency or sub-agency to collect and submit photos. • Naming each photo (file name) with the name of your agency, staff or event name and other information. • Ensuring you have a signed Photo Consent form for all client and staff photos. It’s the responsibility of the agency to complete and retain necessary agency Photo Consent forms. If you don’t have an agency release form of your own, you can use the Nutrition First Photo Release Form 2017. • Staff names are optional – although we all like to see our friend’s names because we sometimes talk on the phone and it’s nice to put a face to a name.

4. Who – YOU! Start taking photos now! Look for past photos with a historical view! Share with us how your clinic: Celebrates what unites us, Embraces our strengths, and Shares our kindness! Looking forward to seeing you and your staff, clinics, and clients on the big screen in October!

Local Agency Sharing Posters

This is your opportunity to celebrate and share your innovative ideas!        Posters will be displayed on tabletops and need to be on tri-fold freestanding poster boards, 48×36 inches. Posters from programs that support the WIC program are also welcome. If you wish to share a poster, or have questions, please submit the title and a brief description by September 25 to Carolyn Conner. Posters will be on display during the evening reception on Tuesday October 24, through lunch on Wednesday October 25. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Coming Soon!

Raffle Baskets!

Raffle baskets were a fun part of past WIC Conferences, and we look forward to bringing them back this year! WIC CONFERENCE- Raffle basket flyer   Please let us know by September 25 if your clinic plans to donate a raffle basket. Funds raised from ticket sales will go to the Nutrition First Scholarship Program.

Child Friendly Policy

Nutrition First is a child-friendly organization, and children are welcome to attend conference meetings. However, if your baby or child is crying, fussy or disruptive during the meeting, we respectfully request that you kindly please leave the room.


At the Conference…

Engaging and Relevant Speakers! Hear new information, stretch your thinking, gather new ideas, and take home practical tips that you can implement in your work and life right away.

Local Agency Sharing Posters! Local WIC agencies showcase their work so attendees can gather new ideas for improving services, from Breastfeeding Support and Peer Counseling to Nutrition Education and Cooking.

Tradeshow and Exhibits!  Over 20 exhibitors will help attendees have fun learning about the latest products and services available to WIC Program participants and providers. The Tradeshow will open Tuesday evening with a reception.

Raffle Baskets! This fun tradition from past WIC conferences will be back this year. Stay tuned for more information.

Physical Activity! Morning group physical activity options will be available.

Networking! Enjoy some real “face time” – there will be many chances to network with new and old WIC friends.