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World Breastfeeding Week’s Theme—Close to Home!

World Breastfeeding Week’s Theme—Close to Home! posted on Aug 3

By Erika Ross Returning to work after having a baby? Whether it’s been 12 weeks, 6 months, or a few years, returning to work or school can be a challenging transition. For me, becoming a new mom introduced me to a whole new wonderful world   …Continue Reading World Breastfeeding Week’s Theme—Close to Home!

Water, Water, Everywhere!

Water, Water, Everywhere! posted on Jul 22

  By Julia Boland & Terri Mendoza Summer’s finally here, and the temperatures steadily rising, it is important to stay hydrated while soaking up the sun’s rays.  Water makes up about 60% of your body weight, so whether you’re riding a bike, playing sports, or   …Continue Reading Water, Water, Everywhere!

Easy Summer Kebabs for the Whole Family!

Easy Summer Kebabs for the Whole Family! posted on May 22

By Lauren Miller, Dietetic Intern, Tufts University Summer is a chance to relax with family and friends, while having fun, sharing stories, listening to music, and enjoying food together. Warm weather and sunshine bring cookouts and mouth-watering food from the grill! Burgers, hot dogs, chicken,   …Continue Reading Easy Summer Kebabs for the Whole Family!

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose Intolerance posted on May 11

By Farrell Frankel, Dietetic Intern, Simmons College Are you one of the millions of people who have lactose intolerance? Avoiding dairy and worried about not getting enough calcium in your diet?  Don’t fret…read on! Lactose intolerance is a digestive disorder in which a person does   …Continue Reading Lactose Intolerance

Get Your Soup On!

Get Your Soup On! posted on Apr 27

Growing up on the mild-weathered West Coast, I never thought much about soup.  That changed when I moved to Boston, spending my first winter here this year…a record-breaking winter, as we all know!  To focus on the positives, I learned many things this season, including   …Continue Reading Get Your Soup On!

A Taste of India for Special Occasions!

A Taste of India for Special Occasions! posted on Mar 27

At WIC, we are very fortunate to have so many staff members from different countries and cultures.  In this week’s blog, Kinnari Chitalia, RD, LDN, CLC, Nutritionist at the Dorchester North WIC Program, shares a favorite recipe that can be made at any time, but   …Continue Reading A Taste of India for Special Occasions!

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month posted on Mar 17

March is National Nutrition Month!  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors this campaign each year, encouraging people to make informed food choices and get daily physical activity. This year, the theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” Small, bite sized changes are all it   …Continue Reading National Nutrition Month

8 Fun Things To Do When You Are Stuck in the House!

8 Fun Things To Do When You Are Stuck in the House! posted on Mar 2

It’s early March and winter is slowly coming to an end. We’re getting closer and closer to spring, but not close enough for me! As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Knowing that warmer days are   …Continue Reading 8 Fun Things To Do When You Are Stuck in the House!

New Beginnings with Folic Acid!

New Beginnings with Folic Acid! posted on Jan 5

As we start the new year off, it’s a chance to think about new beginnings and make resolutions for the coming year. For many of us women, this should include thinking about folic acid in our diets. In honor of National Folic Acid Awareness Week   …Continue Reading New Beginnings with Folic Acid!

Healthy Holiday Shopping!

Healthy Holiday Shopping! posted on Dec 24

Whether you’re an occasional shopper like me, or if shopping is one of your favorite activities ever, chances are you’re going to be heading to the stores at some point this holiday season!  If I’m going from store to hunting for that special gift for   …Continue Reading Healthy Holiday Shopping!