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Category Archives: Food and Drink

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

Time to Renew: New Year’s Resolutions Posted on Dec 31

Time to Renew: New Year’s Resolutions

Many see the new year as an opportunity for self-improvement – “a new year, a new you.” It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want to make in our lives and a time we resolve to follow through on those changes. However, keeping   …Continue Reading Time to Renew: New Year’s Resolutions

Thanksgiving Home & Travel Safety Tips Posted on Nov 25

Thanksgiving Home & Travel Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is almost here and across the country, Americans are gearing up for one of the most spectacular feasts of the year.  Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together to share good food, conversation, and laughter. In the midst of all this   …Continue Reading Thanksgiving Home & Travel Safety Tips