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Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier! Posted on Feb 11

Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!

I used to think that Halloween through New Year’s was the hardest time of the year to stick to my goal of eating healthfully, considering leftover candy from trick or treating, Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties and gatherings—the list goes on and on. By the time   …Continue Reading Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!

Year of the Monkey Posted on Feb 2

Year of the Monkey

  Chinese New Year is the most important holiday of the Chinese calendar. It is usually celebrated for 15 days and is a time to reunite with family, feast on good food and relax from work. As a Chinese American, it is important to me   …Continue Reading Year of the Monkey

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter! Posted on Jan 26

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter!

Here in Massachusetts we’re heading into the dead of winter. Temperatures are getting colder every day, and many of us are cranking up the heat at home. That’s why it’s important to take steps now to make sure your home and family are safe from   …Continue Reading Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter!

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

This is not your Mother’s WIC Program.

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.

It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week! Posted on Jan 12

It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week!

By Louisa Paine This week is Folic Acid Awareness Week, so I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about this vital nutrient. Folic acid is a vitamin that everyone’s body needs to make healthy new cells. It’s especially important for a baby’s development, so it’s   …Continue Reading It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week!

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

Batch Cooking Your Way into the New Year!

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! Posted on Dec 23

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

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!

Making Holiday Parties Healthier! Posted on Dec 15

Making Holiday Parties Healthier!

By Terri Mendoza and Louisa Paine The holiday season is right around the corner. This can be a challenging time for people when it comes to keeping up with physical activity and eating healthy meals and snacks. Luckily, there are some things you can do   …Continue Reading Making Holiday Parties Healthier!

Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday! Posted on Dec 7

Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday!

As you get ready for the hectic holiday season, we are reminded about important decisions that should take place before purchasing toys for children.  Let’s keep children safe by following these toy safety tips: Avoid toys with small balls and parts for children under age   …Continue Reading Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday!

The Importance of Hand Washing! Posted on Nov 30

The Importance of Hand Washing!

I spent the weekend preparing the house for Thanksgiving.  In a drawer, I came across a bar of soap in the shape of a duck that I had received years ago.  I had never used it because it wasn’t scented and it seemed too cute   …Continue Reading The Importance of Hand Washing!