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February is Heart Health Month!

Blog written by Amenti Bekere, WIC Nutritionist Assistant at Mary's Center Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. February is heart health awareness month which focuses on raising awareness for heart disea...

How a Healthy Diet Helps to Prevent Lead Exposure

Lead is a naturally occurring element that can be toxic to humans, especially children under 6 years old and pregnant adults. If gone undetected, children can experience severe mental and physical development. Common symptoms of Lead poisoning in ...

Working Parents Get Support to Continue Breastfeeding

By: Lisle Cole, WIC Nutrition Assistant, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor During August we recognize National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and the theme this year focuses on “Enabling Breastfeeding: Making a Difference for working parents.” The W...

Why WIC Wants You to Eat More Fruits & Veggies!

Fruits and vegetables are not only tasty but also full of nutrients and have lots of health benefits. Some nutrients found in delicious fruits and vegetables are Calcium, Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, Folic Acid, and Potassium. Calciu...

Preventing Foodborne Illness During the Holidays

Fall is upon us, and October is a perfect time to brush up on how to keep our friends and family safe during the holiday season!  Proper preparation and storage are what we should strive for as we frequent the kitchen, but there are some ...

Working Together to Support Breastfeeding Parents

By Lisle Cole, Certified Lactation Counselor Families have to make a lot of important decisions when they have a new baby, especially choosing how to feed the baby. Experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics – often referred to as “your b...

Add Color to Your Plate at the Farmers Market

By Cintia Castillo, Nutrition Education Tech Spring is in the air, and also in our local farmers markets! The kale and potatoes offered through the winter have made way for brighter colors with sweet and spicy peppers, peaches, tomatoes, berri...

The Native Flavors of Mesoamerica

By Ana Chavez, WIC Breastfeeding Counselor and Nutrition Technician When we hear about spices, most people think of food from the cultures of India, the Middle East, and Africa. It’s true that rich spices came from those regions, but today I w...

Adding More Than Flavor: Nutritional Benefits of Spices and Herbs

By Nabani Ashraf, WIC Nutritionist Assistant Spices and herbs have always played a strong role in cultural heritages. Historically, spices provided great sources of power and wealth, as they were used for both culinary and medical purposes. In...

Give Your Baby a Safe Night’s Sleep

By Michelle Timogan Moses, Safe Sleep Program Coordinator Keeping your baby safe, happy, and healthy is your main focus as a new parent. Even while infants are sleeping, there are important precautions you need to take to keep your precious on...

Get Inspired by Fall and Winter Vegetables

By Agapé Gooden, RDN, WIC Nutritionist All the delicious vegetables that are in season right now are wonderful for making healthy holiday sides and adding color to your meals. Each one also contains different nutrients that are important for y...

6 Tips to Put Fresh and Affordable Produce On Your Plate

By Akua Odi Boateng, MS, RD, LDN, WIC Director, and Cinthia Castillo, WIC Nutrition Education Technician, and Summer is one of the best times to taste local fruits and vegetables, such as apples, cantaloupe, bell peppers, green beans, peaches...

Whole Grains for the Whole Family

By Carolyn Nestman, BS, WIC Nutritionist Assistant Carolyn Nestman, WIC Nutritionist Assistant “I HATE this seeded bread,” I remember my spirited sister declaring to my mom at 6 years old. To get our family to eat a little healthier, my mom...

Breastfeeding: Empowering Parents to Overcome Challenges

By: Lisle Cole, WIC Nutrition Associate, CLS, and BPC Last week, a mother of a one-month old baby girl called the WIC office at Mary’s Center to speak with one of our Breastfeeding Peer Counselors because she was worried about not having enoug...