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10 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun Posted on Jun 3

10 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun

While some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable and even healthy, in excess the sun can be detrimental to your health. Each year in Massachusetts, more than 200 people die from a type of skin cancer called melanoma, and in 2010, over 60,000 Americans were   …Continue Reading 10 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun

Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness Posted on May 22

Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is well before you hear warnings on the radio. Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 25-31, is a time to get ready for whatever comes your way when New England hurricane season hits June 1 through November 30. In   …Continue Reading Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness

Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts Posted on May 20

Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts

First established as Decoration Day to observe the sacrifices of those who fought in the Civil War, Memorial Day has become a national holiday to commemorate all men and women who have served in the American military. While there are many ways to celebrate our   …Continue Reading Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts

No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground Posted on Apr 24

No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground

Playgrounds provide children with a great opportunity for exercise, social interaction, and fun. Because children require at least 60 minutes of activity per day, it’s important to ensure these play-friendly spaces are safe. Each year, 76% of child injuries occur on public playgrounds. Luckily, most   …Continue Reading No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground

Keeping Our Pets Happy and Safe Posted on Apr 22

Keeping Our Pets Happy and Safe

From guide dogs that help people with their mobility and access to family companions, pets have become important members in over half of American households today. Pets can help us cope with stress, stay physically fit, and improve our mood. Due to the special role   …Continue Reading Keeping Our Pets Happy and Safe

Take a Stand against Distracted Driving Posted on Apr 15

Take a Stand against Distracted Driving

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) designates April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Across the country, this campaign works to keep America’s roads safe by reminding drivers to stay focused when behind the wheel. At any given moment in the United States, more   …Continue Reading Take a Stand against Distracted Driving

It’s Worth (Considering) a Shot: National Infant Immunization Week Posted on Apr 10

It’s Worth (Considering) a Shot: National Infant Immunization Week

  Vaccinations contribute to disease prevention and play an important role in public health. In fact, infants and children who are immunized (protected from a disease by receiving a vaccine shot) before age two,  are defended against up to 14 preventable diseases for the rest   …Continue Reading It’s Worth (Considering) a Shot: National Infant Immunization Week

Make Moves & Build Connections for National Child Abuse Prevention Month Posted on Apr 1

Make Moves & Build Connections for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The theme for this year’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month is “Making Meaningful Connections.” By linking the youth and families in our communities, we can do the work necessary to raise happy, healthy, and safe children. There are many types of child abuse, from neglect   …Continue Reading Make Moves & Build Connections for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Keeping Your Family Safe During National Poison Prevention Week Posted on Mar 13

Keeping Your Family Safe During National Poison Prevention Week

Every day, U.S. emergency rooms treat more than 300 children for poisoning; every 13 seconds, a Poison Control Center receives a call. More than 90 percent of poisoning incidents occur in the home. To highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them, National   …Continue Reading Keeping Your Family Safe During National Poison Prevention Week

Child Care and Preschool Education Programs for Low-Income Families in Massachusetts Posted on Feb 20

Child Care and Preschool Education Programs for Low-Income Families in Massachusetts

Massachusetts child care and preschool education programs offer free or inexpensive child care options to low-income families with children. Families can choose the type of child care they want, including day care centers, family child care, in-home child care, or preschool. Many of the Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Child Care and Preschool Education Programs for Low-Income Families in Massachusetts