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Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips Posted on Mar 5

Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips

March is National Nutrition Month, dedicated to encouraging healthy food choices and exercise habits. Healthy eating is essential for a better quality of life, and following proper nutrition guidelines can help you feel more energetic, control your weight, and reduce your risk of certain diseases.   …Continue Reading Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here Posted on Feb 25

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here

It might feel as though winter will never end in Massachusetts, but there’s already one sure sign of an imminent thaw — maple sugaring season. Farmers across the state are getting ready for the warmer days but still-freezing nights that get the sap running, usually   …Continue Reading Maple Sugaring Season Is Here

National Food Safety Education Month Posted on Sep 4

National Food Safety Education Month

Within the Bureau of Environmental Health in the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Massachusetts Food Protection Program strives to ensure a safe and wholesome food supply in the Commonwealth. A large part of this effort includes educating Massachusetts how to avoid food contamination – whether   …Continue Reading National Food Safety Education Month

End Childhood Obesity – 4 Tips for a Healthier Tomorrow Posted on Aug 6

End Childhood Obesity – 4 Tips for a Healthier Tomorrow

Obesity rates have more than doubled among children and quadrupled in adolescents over the last 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With nearly one-third of all children and teens in the United States overweight or obese, this serious health   …Continue Reading End Childhood Obesity – 4 Tips for a Healthier Tomorrow

Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need Posted on Jul 10

Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need

More than 229,170 Massachusetts children live in food-insecure households. Without school meals to depend on, food insecurity can rise as the summer approaches. Since 1968, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) has provided food assistance for low-income families in Massachusetts. The program provides free, nutritious   …Continue Reading Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need

Summer Grilling Safety Tips Posted on Jul 2

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

Summer is the perfect season to fire up the grill and enjoy quality time with family and friends. It’s also important to be mindful of safe grilling practices. Two-thirds of all Massachusetts grill fires occur between May and September, when residents and visitors are most   …Continue Reading Summer Grilling Safety Tips

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market Posted on Jun 2

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market

Supporting a local farmer’s market can decrease your carbon footprint, strengthen your connection with your community, and help you stay fit and healthy. Massachusetts farmers are as abundant as the offerings they produce, so add some local flavor to your meals by purchasing direct from the   …Continue Reading Support Your Local Farmer’s Market

May is Stroke Awareness Month Posted on May 15

May is Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke affects people of all ages and backgrounds. The fourth leading cause of death in the United States, it’s estimated stroke costs Americans over $36.5 billion dollars each year. Since 1989, the month of May has been designated National Stroke Awareness Month to increase public   …Continue Reading May is Stroke Awareness Month

Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow: Alcohol Awareness Month Posted on Mar 28

Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow: Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol misuse is a global problem that results in 2.5 million deaths each year and is a leading risk factor for premature mortality, disability, and poor health. Heavy alcohol use is also associated with social issues such as violence and crime, child neglect and abuse,   …Continue Reading Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow: Alcohol Awareness Month

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right during National Nutrition Month Posted on Mar 6

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right during National Nutrition Month

Nutrition is an important component to our health, but it’s often difficult to address in a hectic world that makes junk food and large portion sizes more convenient and appealing than healthy alternatives. More than half of adults and one in four high school and middle   …Continue Reading Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right during National Nutrition Month