Boston Adventures

Earlier this October, we were selected to present a poster on our Transformation of an Employee Wellness Program to Increase Nutrition Education Using Cost-Effective Measures at the national Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo.

WMC Dietitians’ Poster Presentation


WMC Dietitians (Maria and Alyssa) along the pier in Boston!

That meant traveling to Boston! Luckily, we had some decent sweater weather.

Besides being poster presenters, we attended a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management program.

Our Boston adventure consisted mostly of sitting in a conference room for over 8 hours. Thankfully, a continental breakfast was provided. 

Well-balanced breakfast utilizing the MyPlate Method!

Now, we could not enjoy Boston without trying a few dishes from the local restaurants. The healthy eating tips we tried to remember while traveling involved: utilizing the MyPlate Method for well-balanced meals, asking for smaller portions, and sharing a dessert.

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Although we walked for miles in order to take in the scenery, the hotel provided a decent gym to complete a quick 30-minute workout. Alyssa even did some weight training that involved tossing tea into the Boston Harbor!

Overall, Boston was a success! Took in a few sites, tried a few dishes, presented our hard work, and completed a certificate of training in adult weight management. 

Cheers from Boston!

-Alyssa and Maria

Visiting Cheers Restaurant!

Thank You from the WMC Wellness Dietitians

The Weirton Medical Center Wellness Dietitians would like to thank those who either participated/volunteered their time at the first WMC Wellness 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, August 27, 2016. It was a huge success with 88 people registered! Approximately $3,800.00 was raised. Proceeds benefit the WMC BreastCare Center. 

Overall Winners:

  1. Angelo Quatroci 18:30
  2. Ron Riter 20:42
  3. Michael Weaver 21:46

Category 20 & Under:

  1. Angelo Quatroci 18:30
  2. Josh Stepp 25:02
  3. Ethan Henderson 26:11    

Category 21-30:

  1. Courtney Brancazio 32:16

Category 31-40:

  1. Jenna Starvaggi 26:59
  2. Jason Stepp 27:31
  3. Brandi Davis 27:36

Category 41 & Up:

  1. Ron Riter 20:42
  2. Michael Weaver 21:46
  3. Michael Cross 26:50

Sponsors:  Hancock County Savings Bank, FSB; Altair Development; DeeJay’s; Healthways, INC; Med Express; Weirton Lumber CO. 

Donations: Cain’s Barber Shop; Gus’s Goodies; Fox’s Pizza Den; Hibbett Sports; Holiday Inn-Weirton; Ruff Creek Markets; Tudors Biscuit World; WMC Food and Nutrition Dept. 

Volunteers: Madonna HS Girls Soccer Team & Staff; WMC Volunteers; WMC Staff Members. 

A special thanks to Weirton Police and Fire Departments for monitoring the safety of our participants!

We hope to see everyone next year! Please look for event pictures within the next week!


The WMC Wellness Dietitians

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On-Site Registration/Packet Pick-Up Info for WMC Wellness Walk & Run 2016

Good Morning WMC and Friends!

Are you ready for the race this weekend? The WMC Wellness Dietitians sure are! Here are some last-minute details for race day:

  • On-site Registration/Packet Pickup begins at 7:45am and ends at 8:15am.
  • Parking will be in the WMC Employee Parking lot at the rear of Hospital (follow signs).
  • Race beings promptly at 8:30am.

*Note: Onsite registration will be available the day of the race. Price remains the same: $30 for adults and $20 for young adults (18 and under). Children five (5) and under enter for free. T-shirts and gift bags are on a first come-first serve basis. 

Snacks, awards, and giveaways will be handed out at the finish of the race.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

Questions? Please call the WMC Dietitians at 304-797-6075.


Parking and event location are listed in the picture below: Race Photo

Basket Raffle

Hey WMC and friends!

The WMC Wellness Dietitians are raffling off gift baskets🎁. All proceeds benefit the construction of the WMC BreastCare Center💗. Gift baskets include: a free overnight stay with Holiday Inn (Weirton), $30 worth in gift cards from Fox’s Pizza, $25 gift card to Cain’s Barber Shop, and ammenities🍕🏈💅🏻🎟! Visit the Food and Nutrition office to purchase tickets or stop by the cafeteria😊🎟!

Healthy U Wellness 5K Run & Walk 2016

Hello friends of Weirton Medical Center, 

The WMC Wellness Dietitians invite you to join us as a participant in the “Healthy U Wellness Run & Walk 2016”. This will be hospital’s first 5k run & walk. All proceeds from this year’s event will go towards the soon-to-be constructed WMC BreastCare Center. WMC recognizes the link between healthier lifestyles and breast cancer risk reduction and strives to provide multidisciplinary care to offer treatment and preventive services.

This race will include post-race snacks, information booths, giveaways, etc. 

We thank you for your community support and look forward to having a fun event! 

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Date: August 27, 2016

Time: 8:00am-11:00am

Location: Weirton Medical Center

Cost: Child – $20; Adult – $30



Ways to purchase tickets:

  • Visit the WMC cashier’s desk in the main lobby.
  • Online Here!

Questions? Contact us at: or 304-797-6075.

Ready, Set, 5K!!!








Strawberry Rhubarb Chicken Dinner Recipe

A local winery provides monthly specials on their wines. May happened to be all about “Rhubarb”. I questioned the sweetness/tartness of the wine but it ended up having a nice aftertaste. Did you know that this vegetable was first utilized for medicinal purposes? Instead of pairing tangy/tart with sweet all the time, take some advice from the British and pair rhubarb with a spicy ginger!

In order to be adventurous, I decided to try a new dish with the wine. I ended up tweaking a recommended chicken recipe. You know what, it ended up being pretty tasty! Plus, the perk of the recipe was that it only took 30 mins of my time. The strawberries and garlic seemed to tone down the tartness of the wine. I was instructed to keep this recipe on hand 🙂 


  • 1 package of boneless chicken tenderloins (~6 pieces). 
  • ~6 garlic cloves (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Rhubarb wine
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 5 large strawberries (sliced)
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Wash and pat chicken dry. Salt and pepper to taste. 
  2. Sear chicken in a skillet until they are golden brown. (Took me about 10 mins). Then transfer to a platter. 
  3. Reduce the skillet’s heat to medium and cook the garlic and thyme for about 1 minute. Then stir in the wine. 
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients (honey, strawberries, salt/pepper) and stir.
  5. Place the chicken back in the skillet and simmer until the chicken is fully cooked. (Took me about 20-25 mins). 
  6. ENJOY!
I added a whole strawberry for garnish and paired the dish with green beans and mashed potatoes. 


Good Morning WMC!

This is a friendly reminder to submit your steps/distance for the month of April by the end of business hours today (5/6/2016).

Submissions can either be dropped off at the FNS office or sent via fax (304-797-6186).

If you have questions on how to log into your dashboard and print out the information need for prize entry, please grab a copy of instructions provided on the informational table outside of the cafeteria. 

Selection for the monthly prizes are as followed: 

  • One lucky winner will be randomly selected. 
  • The second prize will go to the individual who showed the most improvement since the previous month.

If you run into any technical issues with your Fitbit, please contact the Fitbit help desk: (877) 623-4997.

There is still time to make an appointment with a WMC Wellness Dietitian in order to reach your healthy goals. Please contact the FNS office to schedule an appointment: 304-797-6469. 

Here’s to taking the step towards a healthier new you!

Super Bowl 50…Are You Ready?

Are you ready for some football? I know I am! I have been spending a week trying to decide on a few appetizers to provide. Wings, pizza, and beer are a necessity. However, I’m having a hard time fitting those three favorite foods into my diet. Besides the obvious, thin pizza and light beer, I wanted to think of a few healthier alternatives for appetizers. Here’s what I came up with: 

Cucumber Bites: 


  • Mini cucumbers skinned and cut into one-two (1-2) inches. 
  • Hollow out the cucumber core.
  • Fill with dip and top with half of a cherry tomato and sprinkle with paprika. 
  • The dip is made using 4 oz Neufchatel cream cheese, 1/4 c low-fat ranch dressing, and 1-2 TBSP Dill (can use thyme).


Chicken Salad Wraps: 


  • One (1) 12oz can chicken; drained 
  • 1-2 TBSP mayonnaise
  • 1/4-1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Two (2) celery sticks diced/chopped
  • One (1) handful chopped walnuts
  • Mix all ingredients above in a bowl.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place on individual lettuce leaves to make a wrap.


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  • Brown 1 lb of lean ground beef.
  • Add a taco seasoning packet (ex: Ortega).
  • Spoon ground beef mixture into mini fillo shells (ex: Athens fully baked mini fillo shells from Walmart).
  • Top with Kraft’s shredded Mexican taco cheese and sour cream.


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  • One-three 8in tortilla wraps (can substitute with whole grain tortilla wrap).
  • One 6oz can medium black olives diced/chopped.
  • One 6oz can medium green pimento olives diced/chopped. 
  • One 8oz tub Philadelphia cream cheese (can substitute with 1/3 less fat cream cheese).
  • Spread cream cheese on tortilla wrap in a thin layer and top with the mixture of diced/chopped olives. 
  • Roll up tortilla and refrigerate. When chilled, cut into 1-2 inch slices and serve. 


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  • Take 22 grapes and wash. Do not dry.
  • Dip grapes in a sugar-free Jell-O mix of the teams colors. For example, orange for the Denver Broncos and blue for the Carolina Panthers. 
  • Take a plain paper plate, make a 50-yard line, and set up your teams.
  • This is a great alternative treat for both kids and adults with half the calories!


Most importantly, be safe and have fun while celebrating! Who will you be rooting for this year?