National WIC Association

2018 Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference and Exhibits

September 25-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.

Registration will be on September 24th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. The conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. on September 25th and end at noon on the 27th.

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


Letter of Support from USDA FNS:

Sarah Widor, the Director of Supplemental Food Programs Division, sent a letter to all state agency WIC directors supporting the 2018 Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference and Exhibits. This letter confirmed that WIC Program funds may be used to fund travel expenses and registration fees for this conference.

CEUs will be available. 


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Letter of Support from USDA FNS:

Sarah Widor, the Director of Supplemental Food Programs Division, sent a letter to all state agency WIC directors supporting the 2018 Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference and Exhibits. This letter confirmed that WIC Program funds may be used to fund travel expenses and registration fees for this conference.


CEUs will be available. 

FNS USDA Listening Sessions

USDA will be hosting five listening sessions on the below two topics during the 2018 NWA Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference and Exhibits. We encourage you to sign up and lend your voice. 

WIC Nutrition Services Standards (NSS) Self-Assessment Sessions FNS is seeking a listening session with both State and local agency representatives who currently utilize the WIC Nutrition Services Standards (NSS) on-line self-assessment. In particular, FNS would like to learn what aspects of this tool are most useful, understand where there are potential gaps with the tool, and what suggestions users have to improve the tool to further assist WIC agencies in their program evaluations and continuous program improvement efforts. Are you a State or Local Agency representative currently using the NSS on-line self-assessment? If Yes, PLEASE SIGN UP WITH YOUR NAME AND EMAIL for one session below: 


WIC Nutrition Education Online Toolkit Listening Sessions USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is seeking listening sessions with WIC staff members: State agency coordinators, Local agencies, Nutrition Coordinators, and CPAs. The toolkit is envisioned to allow quick easy access to nutrition resources, assessment tools and an electronic nutrition education manual. The purpose of the session is to: 1) discuss potential components of an internet-based WIC toolkit for staff that may be helpful during a counseling session in a WIC setting and 2) gather information from WIC staff with nutrition expertise and experience in nutrition assessment and education. Are you a State Agency Coordinator, Local Agency Coordinator or CPA? If YES, PLEASE SIGN UP WITH YOUR NAME AND EMAIL for one session below

Hotel and Transportation

The Conference Host Hotel

Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Main #: (504) 525-2500

The room book at the Sheraton New Orleans is FULL. Please see the conference overflow hotel information below.

Conference Overflow Hotel

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans
739 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Reservations: 1-877-408-9661
Online Reservations

Conference Overflow Hotel Room Rate

NWA has negotiated a special room rate of $139 per night (single/double). 

The cut-off date for these rates is Monday, September 10, 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 overflow 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 least 24 hours prior to your arrival date to avoid being charged the first night's room rate and applicable taxes.

Conference Overflow Hotel Check-In/Out Policy

Hotel check-in is 4:00pm and check-out is 11:00am. 

Overflow Hotel Parking

The hotel offers valet parking only. If you choose to use valet parking, fees are $47 USD per night. ($53.23 inclusive of all taxes). Over-sized vehicles may be valet parked for $57 USD per night ( $64.55 inclusive of all taxes).

Pet Policy

The overflow hotel allows service animals within the property.

Airport/Hotel Transportation

The Sheraton New Orleans and the Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans are 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.

Fees and Registrations

Registration Fees


Fees between now and August 10, 2018
Early Member Rate: $385
Early Non-member Rate: $485

Fees after August 10, 2018
Regular Member Rate: $410
Regular Non-member Rate: $535

Member Rate: $200
Non-member Rate: $275

All payments are due before or on the first day of the Conference. Payments must be received to gain access to and participate in Conference activities and sessions. No PO will be accepted on-site.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

It is the policy of NWA's to access a processing fee for all cancelled registrations. To cancel your registration, a written request MUST be received by NWA via e-mail to or fax to 1-202-387-5281 no later than close of business on August 10, 2018.

Cancellations received before or on August 10, 2018 will be refunded, less a $75 processng fee. No refund will be granted for cancellations received after August 10, 2018. NWA regrets that refunds will not be granted for "No-shows."

Online Registration

Online registrations are processed via our web-based system. Each registrants must have or create a profile (account) in order to register online. To create a profile, please go to

Registrants using a Purchase Order (PO) or check, must select the "Bill Me Later" option from the online registration system when registering. Credit card paments will be processed via our secured Stripe site. The system will automatically e-mail a registration confirmation to the e-mail provided. If you do not received a confirmation, please call our office.

Registration via Mail, Fax or Email

To register by mail, fax or e-mail, download the Conference Registration form, complete, and submit it via e-mail to or fax it to 202-387-5281. Registration forms may also be mailed to:

National WIC Association
2001 S Street, NW Ste. 580
Washington, DC 20009

To obtain our Federal Identification Number, please call our office at 202-232-5492.

Exhibitor Prospectus

The National WIC Association (NWA) invites you to participate as an exhibitor and/or sponsor at our 2018 Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Promotion Conference and Exhibits.



Get a discount on your booth by becoming a Sustaining Member of the National WIC Association! Sustaining members receive deeply discounted exhibitor rates for all NWA conferences. There are six membership tiers to choose from, and all of your employees can take advantage of the benefits. Sustaining Membership benefits can be found in detail here. To receive the NWA Sustaining Member exhibit rate, you must be a sustaining member at the time of submitting the exhibit contract/application and at the time of the conference itself. To become a sustaining member or to renew, contact Emily Gilcher,, 202-232-5492, with questions. 

Why Exhibit?


If you are seeking to introduce your products and services or an alternative promotional strategy to a new or existing audience, this conference offers several affordable options to meet your marketing needs.

By exhibiting and/or sponsoring at this conference, you will:

  • Create new customer and client relationships with WIC decision makers from across the nation;
  • Strengthen and build upon existing customer and client relationships;
  • Increase visibility for your company/organization in a targeted market
  • Promote and market your products and services;
  • Reach prime target market segments for your products and services, and
  • Demonstrate your commitment to promoting quality preventative public health nutrition for women, infants and children.

Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsors have first choice to all available exhibitor spaces.

For questions or to exhibit at this conference, please contact the Association's Conference Manager Dale Greenberg at or 410-491-2654 or

Sign Up to Volunteer On-Site!

Volunteers are needed each year to help make the 2018 Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference & Exhibits a success. NWA is using to manage the volunteer shifts and assignments for the annual conference. We are looking for individuals to serve as: bag stuffers; lobby greeters; room monitors; moderators; and registration assistants.

Here's how it works in three easy steps:

  1. Click this link to see our SignUp on

  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

  3. Sign up! It's Easy - you will not need to register an account or keep a password on

Volunteering is a great way to give back and network while getting a behind-the-scenes look at the conference.

Not registered for the conference yet? Register now.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!