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Ice Fishing, Hunting, and Camping This Winter Posted on Jan 7

Ice Fishing, Hunting, and Camping This Winter

Winter is here, but your outdoor adventures don’t have to end. Out in Massachusetts state parks, Wildlife Management Areas, and forests, there’s a winter wonderland just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re into hunting, fishing, or camping, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department   …Continue Reading Ice Fishing, Hunting, and Camping This Winter

3 Activities to Keep You Moving this Winter Posted on Dec 22

3 Activities to Keep You Moving this Winter

Another New England winter is rolling in with snow, ice, and more snow. But you don’t have to go into hibernation mode just because the temperature drops. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a number of winter activities are good for   …Continue Reading 3 Activities to Keep You Moving this Winter

Volunteer & Donating Opportunities for Families Posted on Dec 10

Volunteer & Donating Opportunities for Families

Volunteering as a family is a chance to build strong personal ties and support your local community. Whether you’re looking for an ongoing commitment or a small way you can give back, there are a variety of ways for your family to donate or volunteer.   …Continue Reading Volunteer & Donating Opportunities for Families

Four Ways to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season Posted on Dec 9

Four Ways to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

With cold and flu season underway, it’s important to take precautions so you and your loved ones can stay healthy. The Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide information on protecting yourself from colds and the flu,   …Continue Reading Four Ways to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Celebrate the Season at Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets Posted on Dec 8

Celebrate the Season at Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi. You might be surprised, but the winter season is full of local, nutritious, and delicious food, and we at MassGrown are thrilled that Bay State farmers   …Continue Reading Celebrate the Season at Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

MEFA: A College Planning Resource for Massachusetts Residents Posted on Nov 13

MEFA: A College Planning Resource for Massachusetts Residents

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). Did you know you have a resource in Massachusetts to help you and your family plan for college? We are the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), a not-for-profit state authority that was   …Continue Reading MEFA: A College Planning Resource for Massachusetts Residents

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters and Adults Posted on Oct 22

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters and Adults

Whether you’re still a trick-or-treater or you never lost your love of ghouls and goblins, Halloween is frightful fun for everyone. But even if you aren’t afraid of the dark, with more people out in the moonlight, there can be a scary side to this   …Continue Reading Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters and Adults

What Is the Abused Person’s Notice of Rights? Posted on Oct 7

Domestic abuse can be sexual, physical, and emotional, and affects people of all ages and backgrounds. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you aren’t alone. A 2010 report on intimate partner violence by the National Center for Injury Prevention and   …Continue Reading What Is the Abused Person’s Notice of Rights?

How to Help Prevent Bullying Posted on Oct 6

How to Help Prevent Bullying

In 2013, 16.6 percent of high school students in Massachusetts experienced bullying on school property, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Bullying can happen at school, on the bus, in your neighborhood, or   …Continue Reading How to Help Prevent Bullying

How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year Posted on Sep 24

How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year

Whether it’s your children’s first day of kindergarten or their senior year of high school, one of your biggest responsibilities as a parent is to keep them healthy. That means more than just three square meals a day — exercise, oral hygiene, sleep, and illness   …Continue Reading How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year