As I started my own family and worked to feed them a healthy diet,
I saw an opportunity to share my expertise with others.
Janice Newell Bissex grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts and now raises her own family in the very same town - yet her life has taken her in many different directions along the way. She graduated with a degree in food and nutrition from the University of Maine at Orono, received her MS from Boston University, and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
"I am passionate about good food, and I like to help people enjoy delicious food that is also healthy for them," said Janice. Her career has taken her from an internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, to the halls of political power as a dietitian for the U.S. Senate Restaurants in Washington, D.C.
Janice also recalls working in nutrition software sales back when she had to lug around an old Apple II computer with two external floppy disk drives to give client demos. "I've had a varied career because I like to try new things, and as opportunities presented themselves along the way I always went after them," said Janice. "As I started my own family and worked to feed them a healthy diet, I saw an opportunity to share my expertise with others, so I partnered with fellow dietitian, Liz Weiss, to write a family cookbook."
It was then, that Meal Makeover Moms was born. Janice and Liz have written two cookbooks, launched Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen blog and host a radio podcast, Cooking with the Moms, now 270-plus episodes strong. Their latest venture includes the release of their Meal Makeovers mobile recipe app.
Janice is a member of the Cabot Cheese Board, which is a group of more than 100 bloggers who write reviews and recipes that use Cabot's latest products. The Cabot Cheese Board selected Janice to represent them as their pick for the Cabot Community Celebrity Award cruise.
Beyond helping families discover the pleasures of eating good, nutritious food, Janice has a true passion for volunteering. She says it started at a young age and continues to this day. "I've always been that way, going back to my teenage years, when I traveled to rural Tennessee to build an outhouse for a family that didn't have bathroom facilities," Janice said. "Since that times, I have just always been involved in my community, church, and schools. I like to give back, since I've been pretty fortunate in my own life."
Janice is a founding trustee of a local 1500-student charter school and served on her city's traffic and cable commissions. She teaches Sunday school, serves food at her local food pantry, and was part of a group that founded a local chapter of Donate Life in her town. Donate Life is a national organization that raises awareness about the importance of organ donation. The list of organizations she supports and serves leads to the question, does she have free time for hobbies?
Janice loves to spend time with her husband, Don, and their two daughters, 15-year old Leah and 22-year old Carolyn. She also enjoys yoga, taking walks, and snowshoeing, but her favorite pastime is hosting get-togethers and dinner parties with friends and family in her newly-renovated kitchen. Janice is bringing her husband as her guest onboard!