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Walking to Recharge Posted on Mar 15

Walking to Recharge

Dillon, my Dalmatian, has been following me around all evening even though he knows that we go for a walk after dinner. Granted sometimes, when I’m home early, I like to take advantage of the daylight and we’ll head out before the sun sets. I   …Continue Reading Walking to Recharge

National Nutrition Month…It’s Time to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right! Posted on Mar 4

National Nutrition Month…It’s Time to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!

By Louisa Paine The theme of National Nutrition Month this year is Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, a message that encourages us all to stop and enjoy our food. If you’re like me, sometimes food and mealtimes take a backseat to the rest of   …Continue Reading National Nutrition Month…It’s Time to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!

Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You! Posted on Feb 23

Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You!

By Rosylan Rojas Did you hear? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! If there are any Star Wars fans reading this, you’ll be happy to know that this year’s theme is “Sugar Wars.” In honor of the campaign, here are some key ways you   …Continue Reading Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You!

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!