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WIC at 50 Years: Honoring the Past, Nourishing the Future

July 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

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About This Webinar

For over 50 years, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has supported income-eligible women, infants, and children from diverse backgrounds, including military families. WIC improves nutrition security by providing nutritious foods, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and social services to program participants. Attend this webinar to learn about WIC’s rich history as a premiere public health program, including its role in improving maternal and child health outcomes, and hear about improvements in the WIC food packages and other innovations in the program.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Discover the history of WIC including key programmatic milestones, and the impact of WIC on maternal and child health over the past 50 years.
  • Describe the WIC food packages, how they have evolved, and the most recent changes.
  • Identify innovations in WIC that support the future of WIC as the premiere public health program.


Sarah Widor, MPA

Sarah Widor is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Supplemental Nutrition and Safety Programs (SNAS) at USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service where she provides technical, strategic, and policy direction on the federal administration of WIC, and the Farmers’ Market and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs.  Prior to joining USDA, Sarah served from 2007-2014 as a Program Examiner overseeing a wide range of nutrition, maternal health, and income support programs at the Office of Management and Budget. She started her federal career in 2003 as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services conducting social science research.  Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Syracuse University.

Savina Sparker, MPH, MBA, RDN

Savina Sparker is a Registered Dietitian, originally from Ohio, with experience in clinical dietetics, corporate wellness, and public health nutrition. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Nutrition Services and Promotion Branch since 2020, where she works on projects regarding the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for WIC.  Residing in Kensington, Maryland, you will often find her cheering her daughters on at their sporting events. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, hiking, exploring new places, and spending time with her family.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

  • Accredited Financial Counselors (AFC): This webinar is awaiting approval for 1.5 Continuing Education credits by the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE).
  • Board Certified Patient Advocates: This webinar is awaiting approval for 1.5 CE contact hours by The Patient Advocate Certification Board for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). 
  • Case Managers: This webinar is awaiting approval for 1.5 clock hours from the Commission for Case Manager Certification for board certified case managers.
  • Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS): This webinar is awaiting approval for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CFCS.
  • Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE): This webinar is awaiting approval for 1.5 CE Credits from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for CFLEs.
  • Certified Nutrition and Wellness Educator (CNWE): This webinar is awaiting approval for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CNWE.
  • Certified Personal Finance Counselors (CPFC): This webinar is awaiting approval for 1.5 Continuing Education credits by The Center for Financial Certifications (
  • Certified Personal Finance Educator (CPFE): This webinar is awaiting approval for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CPFE.
  • Early Interventionists and Early Childhood Educators: This webinar offers CE credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois through 6/30/25.
  • Illinois Early Care & Education Providers: This webinar is a Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved Training for early care and education professionals in Illinois through 6/30/25.
  • Registered Dietitians & Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians: This webinar has been approved for 1.5 CEs for Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDNs) and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTRs) from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) through May 31, 2027.
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES): This webinar is awaiting approval for 1.5 continuing education credits by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
  • Social Work, LPC, LMFT: This webinar is awaiting approval for 1.5 CE credits from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work for Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, NY, ND, OH, OK
  • Certificates of Attendance are available for providers interested in documenting their professional development activities.

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July 16
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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