2021 Farmers Market Coupons!!!

We are almost 2 months into the 2021 Farmers Market season, can you believe it?

If you haven’t picked yours up yet, call us at 607.778.2881. you got yours, don’t forget to use them, you have until November 30, 2021.

Meet Alayde Arellano

Name:  Alayde Arellano

Title:  Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Where did you work before WIC? 

I worked at home as a stay at home mommy.

How long have you been working at WIC? 

I previously worked here from December 2018 to September 2019 and back again since April 1st 2021, so about a year altogether

What do you enjoy about WIC? 

The great effort that is made to keep mothers and babies healthy.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

I like to stay physically active and read to my kids.

What is one thing you want the community to know about breastfeeding?   

Nursing your baby not only comes with amazing health benefits but is also an act of love.

Meet Claudio Villarroel, MS

Image of Claudio Villarroel, MS, Wellness Program Manager at Open Door Family Medical Center

Image of Claudio Villarroel, MS, Wellness Program Manager at Open Door Family Medical CenterName
Claudio Villarroel, MS

Title
Wellness Programs Manager

Department
WIC

Primary Site
Ossining Open Door 

Languages
English and Spanish

 

About Claudio

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door? 

I like the fact that the WIC program is participant-centered. We collaborate with participants by providing guidance to help them achieve their goals using tools that work for them.

 

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know? 

The WIC program can help you get information about other health, welfare, and social services. If you need assistance reaching other services, please contact your WIC office.

 

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be? 

Plan your grocery shopping in advance. Take inventory of what you have at home and make a list of foods you still need. This will help you plan ahead so you can make better choices when buying foods.


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at 914-508-0022.

Meet Italina Velho

Image of Italina Velho, Nutrition Support Assistant at Open Door Family Medical Center

Image of Italina Velho, Nutrition Support Assistant at Open Door Family Medical CenterName
Italina Velho

Title
Nutrition Support Assistant

Department
WIC

Primary Site
Ossining Open Door 

 

 

About Italina

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?

All the special friendships I made through the years.  As well as the intrinsic reward that comes with seeing the WIC children grow and the impact we make in their lives.

 

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?

They might not know the impact they make in our own lives.

 

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?

No need for drastic diet changes.  Small changes will make drastic changes in your life.


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

Meet Estefany Rodriguez

Image of Estefany Rodriguez, Qualified Nutrionist at Open Door Family Medical Center

Image of Estefany Rodriguez, Qualified Nutrionist at Open Door Family Medical CenterName
Estefany Rodriguez

Title
Qualified Nutritionist

Department
WIC

Primary Site
Ossining Open Door 

 

 

About Estefany

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?

 The WIC team is a diverse, friendly, and respectful environment. It is a great team to be part of, working as a team and providing support to one another.

 

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?

 WIC welcomes you! We are always at your service, regardless of your immigration status.

 

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?

Eat dietary fiber. Dietary fiber supports proper bowel function. It can help lower blood cholesterol levels and may lower your risk of heart disease. Foods rich in dietary fiber are whole foods, such as legumes, fruits, seeds, and vegetables.

 


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

Meet Luis Ramos

Image of Luis Ramos, Nutrition Support Assistant at Open Door Family Medical Center

Name
Luis Ramos

Title
Nutrition Support Assistant

Department
WIC

Primary Site
Open Door Brewster

 

 

About Luis

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?

 I love being part of a team where everyone works together for a common goal which is helping people in our community.

 

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?

 Remember, although WIC was founded with the goal of helping women, men can also apply for WIC if they have kids under the age of 5 years.

 

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?

 Try to always eat healthy by adding vegetables, fruits, and water to your daily diet.


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

Meet Ellen Pospishil, MS,RD

Image of Ellen Pospishil, MS,RD, Breastfeeding Coordinator at Open Door Family Medical Center

Name
Ellen Pospishil, MS, RD

Title
Breastfeeding Coordinator

Department
WIC

Primary Site
Ossining Open Door 

 

 

About Ellen

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?

I love the interactions with my co-workers and how I learn each day from them. I learn so many things from them – about how to better serve our families, about how to do my job more efficiently, etc. But equally as important, I learn about their culture, their experiences, and that helps me to grow as a person – which in turn helps me working with our WIC families. 

 

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?

WIC is more than a food program. WIC is a dedicated team of nutrition professionals who will help you and your family better understand how the foods you eat affect your overall health and the health and development of your baby – in utero and in life. 

 

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?

Know what you are eating, and eat what you enjoy.


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at 914-508-0022

Meet Alejandra Ortiz

Image of Alejandra Ortiz, Nutrition Support Assistant at Open Door Family Medical Center

Image of Alejandra Ortiz, Nutrition Support Assistant at Open Door Family Medical CenterName
Alejandra Ortiz

Title
Nutrition Support Assistant

Department
WIC

Primary Site
Open Door Brewster

 

 

About Alejandra

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?

I am passionate about nutrition education and it’s exciting to be able to work in this field. Working with the Open Door WIC team is a lovely experience and they’re a wonderful group to be around. 

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know? 

I believe that everyone should have solid foundational knowledge about nutrients, recipes, and food access, all of which are available through WIC at Open Door.  WIC offers a variety of services, including breastfeeding support, and referrals to other essential services! 

 

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be? 

Your relationship with food is one of the most important ones you will have. Adopting the mentality that there Is no such thing as “bad” or “good” foods, is essential! Everything works as long as it is consumed in moderation! 


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.

Meet Gardenia Ocdenaria, CLC

Image of Gardenia Ocdenaria, CLC at Open Door Family Medical Center

Name
Gardenia Ocdenaria, CLC

Title
Site Coordinator

Department
WIC

Primary Site
Open Door Brewster

 

 

About Gardenia

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?

What’s most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door is working with great people that are team players, supportive, passionate and genuine about their work.  Also, I really like the interaction and meeting with participants on a daily basis and knowing that I am helping to make a difference in the community through my work here at WIC.  

 

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?

Many people in the community do not know that the WIC Program offers a Nutrition Services at no cost. It helps and sustains a lot of people in providing nutrition in children as well as adults such as Nutrition education & counseling, Breastfeeding support, and Healthcare referrals. They shouldn’t hesitate to take advantage if they need it.

 

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?\

Slow down while you eat and you’ll have improved health and well-being. Your body will benefit from slow eating that includes better digestion, better hydration, easier weight loss or maintenance, feels more satisfied with our meals, and helps you eat less.


Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.