166. The WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice

FNCE Recorded Sessions from 2017

The session will review the history of the WIC program and its food packages.

  • SKU FNCE17166
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$32.00
Nonmember Price
$37.00

This product is free for those who attended FNCE® 2017.

Members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee to Review the Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) Food Packages will discuss the background, process, and recommendations in their report, Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice. The session will review the history of the WIC program and its food packages. Relevant changes in the food and nutrition environment since the previous review of WIC food packages will be reviewed and challenges to implementation of the new recommendations at the federal, state, participant, vendor, and industry levels will be discussed. Speakers will review the study process, key findings from the committee's evidence review and method of achieving alignment of the packages with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The resulting recommended revisions to the food packages will be presented. Attendees will understand the rationale for the 2017 WIC food package recommendations and the complexities of food assistance program evaluation.

CPEU: 1.5
CPE Level: 2
Learning Codes: 4030, 4080, 1080

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how WIC food packages and dietary guidance contribute to meeting the nutritional needs of pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women; infants; and children.
  • Articulate the alignment between the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and recommended revisions to the WIC food packages.
  • Explain to WIC staff and participants the rationale for the 2017 recommended food package changes and be equipped with key messages to ease the transition to new food packages.

Speaker

  • Kathleen Rasmussen, ScD, RD
  • Patsy M Brannon, Ph.D., R.D.

Moderator

  • Rachel Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD, FAHA
  • SKU FNCE17166