June 17, 2022
Alumna Wendy Ng ’17 (Public Health Sciences with a secondary major in Nutrition), who went on to receive her registered dietitian credentials from Simmons University, is featured in a recent spotlight appearing on the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) website.
A first generation quad-lingual Asian-American, Ng was featured as part of the organization's recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.
“I think the biggest love language in the Asian community is food and preparing food for others,” she says in the interview. “For Chinese New Year, hours are spent on preparing various dishes because each symbolizes something important.”
Ng currently serves as the Food and Nutrition Services Director at the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District, overseeing the food and nutrition programs for the district's elementary, middle, and high schools.
"Some days I will be in the kitchen cooking or working on the line because of staff shortages," she says. "Other days, I will be menu planning, recipe building and figuring out what new items I can try with the students based on their feedback and engaging with them in the café. Lately, I’ve been doing plenty of cost analysis, budgeting, and forecasting since universal free school meals are ending this year.”
In addition to her role with the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District, Ng has also served on the Boston Alliance for Diversity in Dietetics (BADD) and the Simmons College Nutrition Diversity Mentor Program.