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Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites Posted on Jul 16

Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites

There are about 3,000 different types of mosquitos in the world. Of these, 150 are found in North America and are potential disease carriers. Like mosquitos, ticks found in Massachusetts can also spread diseases. Fortunately, not all ticks carry disease nor are all mosquitos infected.   …Continue Reading Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites

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

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

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

Get Trained for National CPR & AED Awareness Week Posted on May 30

Get Trained for National CPR & AED Awareness Week

In an emergency medical situation, a quick response is critical. In many cases – particularly with unexpected cardiac arrest – persons who are prepared with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and know how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) can help save lives. In fact,   …Continue Reading Get Trained for National CPR & AED Awareness Week

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

Ten Ways to be Mindful of Mental Health Month Posted on May 13

Ten Ways to be Mindful of Mental Health Month

For more than 65 years, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month by local and national organizations alike. This is a time when, as a nation, we discuss mental health issues and work to improve the overall wellness of our communities. Regardless of your background, you   …Continue Reading Ten Ways to be Mindful of Mental Health Month

Celebrating National Nurses Week: May 6-12 Posted on May 6

Celebrating National Nurses Week: May 6-12

From taking our vital signs to conducting patient education and case management, nurses are the jack-of-all-trades in the medical field. Celebrated May 6-12, National Nurses Week is a time to recognize the contributions of the providers at the heart of our health care system. Concluding   …Continue Reading Celebrating National Nurses Week: May 6-12

How to De-Stress Your Life Posted on Apr 29

How to De-Stress Your Life

The many obligations and concerns that surround our jobs, homes, and personal relationships make stress an unavoidable part of life. People experience stress in different ways, and some cope with it better than others. Feelings of stress can even cause physical effects on the body;   …Continue Reading How to De-Stress Your Life

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