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Monthly Archives: May 2013

June is LGBT Pride Month Posted on May 30

June is LGBT Pride Month

Massachusetts has a history of supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, and in 2004 became the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage with passage of the Marriage Equality Act. The LGBT civil rights movement is widely considered to have begun   …Continue Reading June is LGBT Pride Month

7 Tips for Motorcycle Safety Posted on May 28

7 Tips for Motorcycle Safety

There’s nothing like the freedom and exhilaration of riding a motorcycle, but if you are not prepared it can be dangerous. Awareness of your limitations and your surroundings will help ensure a safe, enjoyable experience. Before you swing your leg over the saddle to hit   …Continue Reading 7 Tips for Motorcycle Safety

Talk to Your Kids about Personal Safety Posted on May 23

Talk to Your Kids about Personal Safety

Founded by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, National Missing Children’s Day (May 25th) was dedicated to highlight the problem of abducted and missing children. Few situations are more troubling than when a child goes missing; fortunately, there are ways to improve the safety of children   …Continue Reading Talk to Your Kids about Personal Safety

5 Traditional Ways to Pay Respect to Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day Posted on May 21

5 Traditional Ways to Pay Respect to Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day

On May 5, 1866, residents of Waterloo, New York held a ceremony to honor local fallen Civil War soldiers. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson and Congress declared that ceremony the birthplace of Memorial Day. It wasn’t until an act of Congress in 1971 that Memorial   …Continue Reading 5 Traditional Ways to Pay Respect to Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day

4 Simple Stress-Reduction Tips for Mental Health Month Posted on May 16

4 Simple Stress-Reduction Tips for Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month and Mental Health America has chosen the theme “Pathways to Wellness” for 2013. Wellness refers to maintaining a balance of healthy physical, mental, and social well-being. Wellness is more than just NOT being sick; having a wellness plan can actually   …Continue Reading 4 Simple Stress-Reduction Tips for Mental Health Month

7 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer Posted on May 14

7 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

New Englanders are finally shedding their heavy winter coats, and skirts, shorts, and sunbathing are just around the corner. With temperatures on the rise, more skin is being exposed to the sun which increases the risk of melanoma and other types of skin cancer. According   …Continue Reading 7 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

May is Stroke Awareness Month Posted on May 9

May is Stroke Awareness Month

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services indicates stroke as the third leading cause of death in the United States. National Stroke Awareness Month, initiated by former President George Bush in 1989, is designed to encourage awareness of stroke, its warning signs and tips   …Continue Reading May is Stroke Awareness Month

3 Avenues for Celebrating National Bike Month Posted on May 7

3 Avenues for Celebrating National Bike Month

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride,” U.S. President John F. Kennedy once said.  This month, experience the joy he experienced by hitting the road during National Bike Month. Bicycling is not only a fun leisure activity, it is also an excellent   …Continue Reading 3 Avenues for Celebrating National Bike Month

National Nurses Week – May 6-12 Posted on May 2

National Nurses Week – May 6-12

The American Nurses Association (ANA) describes nursing as “an art and a science;” it takes a unique blend of dedication, compassion, and understanding to comfort the sick and make people feel good when they’re ill or in pain. Anyone who’s spent time in the hospital   …Continue Reading National Nurses Week – May 6-12