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Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 17

Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts

Massachusetts was among the first places in the world to eliminate smallpox through the use of vaccines, according to the state’s Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response, and Services. With this precedent in mind, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) created   …Continue Reading Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts

How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Posted on Apr 15

How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of cases of diabetes, in which blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, even among people   …Continue Reading How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month Posted on Apr 9

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every child has the right to a happy, healthy life. Children’s safety is not only a main concern for parents and caregivers, but for the Commonwealth as well. Since 1983, the month of April has been designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month to spread   …Continue Reading April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children Posted on Apr 1

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

Struggling with a daily fitness routine? You’re not alone. One in four Massachusetts middle school and high school students, and more than half of all adults in the state, are obese or overweight. The good news is that engaging in physical activity and reaching a   …Continue Reading Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home Posted on Mar 27

How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home

Poisoning is a serious issue in the United States, especially for young children. Every 13 seconds, a poison control center receives a phone call reporting exposure to toxic chemicals or substances, and more than 90 percent of these occurrences happen at home, according to the   …Continue Reading How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home

MassHealth for Seniors: Information About Available Options Posted on Mar 25

MassHealth for Seniors: Information About Available Options

What comes to mind when you hear “MassHealth”? Some people may think of it as a transitional health insurance program or one that helps people with disabilities and other longer-term health needs. But what many don’t know is that MassHealth, which is administered by the   …Continue Reading MassHealth for Seniors: Information About Available Options

Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children Posted on Mar 19

Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children

According to the Office of Oral Health, a division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Approximately 48 percent of third graders in the Commonwealth have experienced tooth decay, which can affect more than their smiles.   …Continue Reading Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast Posted on Mar 18

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast

School breakfast gets an A+, according to the Breakfast for Learning report conducted by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). A healthy morning meal at school helps improve children’s academic performance, from their scores on standardized tests to their memory and comprehension. In addition, well-fed   …Continue Reading Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast

Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free Posted on Mar 13

Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation & Prevention Program (MTCP), part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), tackles this issue by promoting tips for kicking the   …Continue Reading Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free

Should You Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer? Posted on Mar 10

Should You Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer in Massachusetts, so it’s important to understand the risks, symptoms, and ways to prevent it. The Department of Public Health (DPH) is working to reduce cancer rates in the Commonwealth by spreading awareness and supporting public   …Continue Reading Should You Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer?