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This is not your Mother’s WIC Program.

This is not your Mother’s WIC Program. posted on Jan 20

The WIC Nutrition Program has changed and evolved over the last several years. Forty years ago, our focus was providing subsidized formula to mothers.  Today, we focus on nutrition, health, breastfeeding support and wellness. Since the introduction of the improved food package in 2009, WIC   …Continue Reading This is not your Mother’s WIC Program.

Batch Cooking Your Way into the New Year!

Batch Cooking Your Way into the New Year! posted on Jan 5

By Julie Forgit, Mass WIC Nutritionist With the holiday preparations behind us, I’m not very motivated to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  After all, wasn’t it just yesterday that I fed (and cleaned-up after) my entire extended family??  Now that the holidays   …Continue Reading Batch Cooking Your Way into the New Year!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But Let’s Play Anyway!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But Let’s Play Anyway! posted on Dec 23

By Rachel Colchamiro, Director of Nutrition – WIC Program It’s December.  It’s cold…at least it’s getting there, anyway.  And it’s dark.  No wonder people have a hard time getting exercise at this time of year! Staying physically active in the winter takes some effort for   …Continue Reading Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But Let’s Play Anyway!

Car Seats Recommendations!

Car Seats Recommendations! posted on Sep 10

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports that 3 out of every 4 car seats are used incorrectly.  Choosing the right car seat can be overwhelming.  There are many models to choose from, such as convertible and “all-in-one” or “3-in-1,” forward-facing, rear-facing, and booster   …Continue Reading Car Seats Recommendations!

Grilling Goodness

Grilling Goodness posted on Jul 2

By Kirsten Archer Fourth of July is here!  And so is the season of outdoor eating — barbecues, grilling and picnics. Make the most of your summer celebrations with friends and family by having a safe meal wherever you are, whether in the backyard or   …Continue Reading Grilling Goodness

October 24th is Food Day!

October 24th is Food Day! posted on Oct 21

This year is the 3rd annual National Food Day which is celebrated every year on October 24th. Food Day is sponsored by the Center for Science and the Public Interest and promotes healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Last year, there were over 4,700 events across   …Continue Reading October 24th is Food Day!

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month! posted on Nov 4

Peanut butter is one of America’s favorite foods. It’s used in hundreds of different recipes, from Thai peanut sauce to classic peanut butter cookies. November 4, 2013 marks the 118th anniversary for the patent for peanut butter in 1895. Americans loves peanut butter so much   …Continue Reading November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

Budget-Friendly Ideas for Your Family this Summer!

Budget-Friendly Ideas for Your Family this Summer! posted on Jun 17

Warm Weather is here! With the school year ending around the corner, working parents all over Massachusetts may be starting to think about options for child care, summer camp, and family vacations. We all know how busy the summer can be and many families need   …Continue Reading Budget-Friendly Ideas for Your Family this Summer!

Fun at the Farmers’ Market

Fun at the Farmers’ Market posted on Jun 3

    Posted by: Terri Mendoza, WIC Nutritionist   Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their fruits and vegetables? Bringing them to your local farmers’ market may help! The farmers often have samples of fresh fruits and vegetables for you   …Continue Reading Fun at the Farmers’ Market

Beantown, USA

Beantown, USA posted on May 28

Posted by: Kristie Fawkes, Senior Nutritionist/Breastfeeding Coordinator, Plymouth WIC Program     Are you a fan of beans?  If so, join the club!  And if not, don’t wait any longer to experiment and find ones you love.  The American Heart Association recommends eating at least 4   …Continue Reading Beantown, USA