National WIC Association

2018 Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference and Exhibits

September 24-September 27, 2018

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About the Conference

The NWA Biennial Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Conference will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, LA from September 24-27, 2018

This conference is the most popular gathering of the WIC nutrition and breastfeeding professionals in the US, attracting more than 1,200 attendees from USDA, state and local WIC agencies, and vendors who provide services to the WIC community.

Education sessions will cover current and emerging nutrition and breastfeeding science, research, policy and best practices. Poster Sessions and special forums will offer additional learning and networking opportunities.

More than 40 exhibitors will be on hand to provide the latest on WIC-related products, technology and services.

More information about this conference will be posted soon.

For questions, please contact the NWA National Office at 202-232-5492. We'll be happy to assist.

Call for Abstracts

The National WIC Association invites members and partners to submit presentation and poster proposals for the 2018 Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference & Exhibits being held next year in New Orleans, LA, September 24-27, 2018. The 2018 conference theme is: Lifting WIC Voices to Engage & Inspire. Share your strategies and successes with us!


To submit an abstract, click on this link. You will be asked to set-up a profile. After setting up your profile, you will then be given a ‘To-Do’ list – to submit your abstract, click on ‘Submit a Paper’ and follow the directions. For more information on how to submit an abstract see this guide.


In the true spirit of this conference, below are the suggested educational tracks for oral and poster submissions:

  • Innovations in Nutrition Education
  • Best Practices
  • Increasing Breastfeeding Duration
  • Breastfeeding in Diverse Communities
  • Breastfeeding Promotion
  • Research, Data, & Evaluation
  • Breastfeeding (General)
  • Nutrition (General)
  • Ethics
  • Workplace Issues & Breastfeeding


The conference tracks may align with your content but is not required. All topics within a track’s purview are welcome. If your project does not fall within one of these topic areas, don’t worry -- please submit an abstract anyway!


All abstracts are due by Friday, February 9, 2018, and will be reviewed by the Nutrition Services Section, Breastfeeding Committee, and the Conference Planning Committee.


The Nutrition and Breastfeeding Conference is an excellent opportunity to expand your professional skills and knowledgebase in current and emerging nutrition and breastfeeding science, research, policy and best practices.


On behalf of the 2018 Conference Planning Committee, we look forward to receiving your abstract submission. Thank you in advance for your commitment to the excellence of next year’s meeting.


Proposal Guidelines

Authors will be prompted to provide the following information into the submission platform.


  • Suggested topical track and presentation title
  • Abstract (The recommended proposal length is 300 words)
  • Shortened Abstract for Marketing Use in Program Book (The recommended proposal length is 150 words)
  • Presenter information: name, institution, city, state, email address, bio
  • Co-Author(s) Information: name/s, institution/s, email address/es, bio

A maximum of four presenters may be listed on each proposal. The submitting author will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the abstract proposal submission and are responsible for keeping co-authors up to date on the status of the submission. By submitting an abstract to be considered for an oral or poster presentation, you acknowledge that all presenting authors are responsible for their own registration, travel, and hotel costs.

Concurrent sessions are 60 minutes long. 

Poster Presentations will be during Breakfasts, Breaks, and Networking Opportunities.


Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this process or the conference in general, please contact Shameka Jennings at or 202-232-5492.

Hotel and Transportation

The Conference Host Hotel

Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Main #: (504) 525-2500

Hotel Room Rate

NWA has negotiated a special room rate of $139 per night plus a $3.00 per room night occupany fee and nightly room tax currently set at 15.75%. Note that this tax rate is subject to change without notice. 

The cut-off date for these rates is Monday, September 3, 2018. After this date, reservations will be subject to the hotel’s prevailing rates.

We encourage you to make your room reservations early to ensure that you will be in the host hotel at the guaranteed room rate. Upon checking in, each guest will be asked to provide a valid government issued ID along with proof to which the room reservation was made.

Method of Room Guarantee

The hotel requires a major credit card to guarantee your room reservation, and first night's deposit (including taxes) payable at the time the reservation is being made. Room cancellations must be received at leaset 24 hours prior to your arrival date to avoid being charged the first night's room rate and applicable taxes.

Hotel Check-In/Out Policy

Hotel check-in is 3:00pm and check-out is 12:00pm. The hotel can arrange to have your bags stored depending on room availability. Late check-out may be requested upon arrival.

Guest Parking

The hotel offers on-site valet parking for all registered guests at a daily rate of $43. Note, rate may change without notice.

Airport/Hotel Transportation

The Sheraton New Orleans is accessible via Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and is about 15 miles, from the airport.

Shuttle and taxi cab services are available at the airport. The current estimated taxi/cab fare is $40 (one way). Please Note that the hotel does nor provide shuttle service.

The Sheraton New Orleans offers, a new airport transportation booking site designed to take the hassle out of getting to and from the airport. The website provides an easy way to book your airport transportation online from any device. Choose from taxi, sedan, shuttle, luxury SUV and limousine service. When you land at your destination, your driver will be waiting for you in the transportation center and will greet you by name. No lines. No hassles. It's that easy.