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The Importance of Protecting Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes Posted on Jun 24

The Importance of Protecting Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes

No one wants to spend their summer worrying about ticks and mosquitoes. Although it’s difficult to escape these pests altogether, you can prevent them from infesting your property and minimize itchy bug bites on you and your family. The Department of Public Health (DPH) and   …Continue Reading The Importance of Protecting Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes

The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts Posted on May 12

The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts

Whether you’re biking to get in shape, get to work, or have some fun, the Commonwealth has something to offer you. The Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), and the Department of   …Continue Reading The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts

Preventive Screenings to Improve Women’s Health Posted on May 11

Preventive Screenings to Improve Women’s Health

Every woman can improve her health, whether by moving more or getting regular checkups and preventive screenings recommended by her doctor. Two preventive screenings, in particular, can pay dividends for many women: breast cancer and cervical cancer exams. The Department of Public Health (DPH)’s Care   …Continue Reading Preventive Screenings to Improve Women’s Health

High Blood Pressure: What It Is and What You Can Do About It Posted on May 5

High Blood Pressure: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

Around one in three adults (70 million) in the United States currently has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those, about one-fifth are not aware that they have it. Recognizing the risk factors of high blood pressure   …Continue Reading High Blood Pressure: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

Rabies in Massachusetts: What You Should Know Posted on Apr 30

Rabies in Massachusetts: What You Should Know

Rabies may be found in a variety of animals native to the Commonwealth, including raccoons, skunks, bats, woodchucks, and foxes. These animals can infect humans and pets, so residents should understand the symptoms of rabies in Massachusetts wildlife and stay clear of possibly infected animals.

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

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Posted on Apr 9

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

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. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) partners with families and communities to protect children from abuse and neglect   …Continue Reading Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

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