472. New Perspectives on WIC: An Evidence-Based Examination of Early Childhood Dietary Behaviors

Sunday, October 21
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 144 ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141265

The Academy’s Strategic Plan calls for expanding prospective food and nutrition research to create stronger evidence for associations between nutrition services, dietary behaviors, and health outcomes. The largest ongoing prospective study evaluating the health and nutrition outcomes of children in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program is the WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study-2, and in early 2018, results from the study’s first two years were published. Join leaders of this sentinel study as they reveal the latest findings on early childhood dietary behaviors, self-feeding progressions, and the relationship between feeding decisions and child care and maternal employment patterns. Speakers will highlight how the behaviors of children in WIC align with the pediatric nutrition recommendations of AND and other professional organizations. Future research needs and opportunities will be explored, and RDNs and NDTRs will learn how the study’s most recent report can inform their own practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how the WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study-2 contributes to the Academy’s strategic plan by expanding prospective research on early childhood feeding practices.
  • Compare the dietary intakes of children in WIC to the current standards for pediatric nutrition.
  • Discuss how the food, activity, and weight trends of low-income children on WIC impact nutrition education and counseling.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 9020 – Evaluation and application of research
  • 4080 – Government-funded Food and Nutrition Programs
  • 4150 – Infancy and Childhood (stages of life cycle)

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.2.8 Synthesizes assessment data to determine and prioritize program goals and objectives.
  • 6.3.11 Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery and health and nutrition of customers.
  • 9.1.5 Assesses, evaluates and applies educational theories.


  • Courtney Paolicelli, DRPH, RDN. LD, CDE

    Social Science Research Analyst


  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Lorrene Ritchie, PhD, RD

    Director and Cooperative Extension Specialist

    Nutrition Policy Institute, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

  • Shannon Whaley, PhD

    Director of Research and Evaluation

    Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC