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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 17

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Massachusetts

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of male cancer deaths in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth strives to minimize the devastating effects of prostate cancer by educating residents about prevention, early detection, and screening services. In an effort to spread the word about this disease and   …Continue Reading Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Massachusetts

Suicide Prevention Resources in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 7

Massachusetts is constantly seeking to raise awareness about suicide prevention. In 2011, 588 Massachusetts residents died by suicide. Since then, the Commonwealth has created the Massachusetts Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention. The Department of Public Health (DPH) offers a number of programs and resources to   …Continue Reading Suicide Prevention Resources in Massachusetts

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

The Client Assistance Program (CAP): Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living Support Posted on Aug 1

Massachusetts helps people with disabilities find employment and live independently through a combination of programs and services. The Client Assistance Program (CAP) – a service offered though the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) – assists those with disabilities access rehabilitation and independent living services in   …Continue Reading The Client Assistance Program (CAP): Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living Support

Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites Posted on Jul 16

Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites

Protect Yourself from Mosquito and Tick Bites This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health The warm temperatures are finally here in Massachusetts, and of course our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors with friends and family. As we head   …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