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5 Ways to Help Manage Stress Posted on Aug 20

5 Ways to Help Manage Stress

   Stress is your body’s natural response to any threat to your emotional or physical well-being. If ignored, stress can develop into more serious physical and mental illnesses such as weight gain, heart problems, anxiety, and depression. It’s important to recognize what factors causes stress   …Continue Reading 5 Ways to Help Manage Stress

What you should Know about Immunizations and Why they’re Important Posted on Aug 13

What you should Know about Immunizations and Why they’re Important

August is National Immunization Awareness Month – An annual effort to highlight the importance of immunization and disease control efforts in the United States. Coughing and sneezing, nausea and fatigue; these symptoms accompany various illnesses and can really put a damper on your day. For   …Continue Reading What you should Know about Immunizations and Why they’re Important

Need Ideas for Outdoor Summer Fun? Massachusetts Has Plenty to Offer! Posted on Jul 25

Need Ideas for Outdoor Summer Fun? Massachusetts Has Plenty to Offer!

Is your summer starting to lose steam? Are your days of lounging by the pool or basking on the beach beginning to blur together? Do you need a new hobby that still provides fun in the sun? Luckily, Massachusetts has a lot to offer; here   …Continue Reading Need Ideas for Outdoor Summer Fun? Massachusetts Has Plenty to Offer!

Paddling Across the Commonwealth Posted on Jul 23

Paddling Across the Commonwealth

Massachusetts is home to a medley of beautiful reservoirs, rivers and bays. You may have even taken your share of walks or hikes along the waterfront to get a better look. But have you experienced the charming wonders of Massachusetts from the water? Canoeing and   …Continue Reading Paddling Across the Commonwealth

How to Avoid Mosquitoes and Ticks This Summer Posted on Jul 11

How to Avoid Mosquitoes and Ticks This Summer

Mosquitoes and ticks are carriers of diseases which can make people sick, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and Lyme Disease. Warm days and a higher frequency of outdoor activities make summer a high-risk season for getting bitten by these critters; take precautions when   …Continue Reading How to Avoid Mosquitoes and Ticks This Summer

Massachusetts Health Insurance Open Enrollment is July 1 – August 15 Posted on Jul 3

Massachusetts Health Insurance Open Enrollment is July 1 – August 15

Heath insurance is not a luxury in Massachusetts, it’s a requirement for all residents age 18 and older. If your employer does not provide a group insurance plan or you are self-employed and looking for private insurance options, the Massachusetts Health Connector is your key   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Health Insurance Open Enrollment is July 1 – August 15

4 Simple Stress-Reduction Tips for Mental Health Month Posted on May 16

4 Simple Stress-Reduction Tips for Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month and Mental Health America has chosen the theme “Pathways to Wellness” for 2013. Wellness refers to maintaining a balance of healthy physical, mental, and social well-being. Wellness is more than just NOT being sick; having a wellness plan can actually   …Continue Reading 4 Simple Stress-Reduction Tips for Mental Health Month

7 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer Posted on May 14

7 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

New Englanders are finally shedding their heavy winter coats, and skirts, shorts, and sunbathing are just around the corner. With temperatures on the rise, more skin is being exposed to the sun which increases the risk of melanoma and other types of skin cancer. According   …Continue Reading 7 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer

May is Stroke Awareness Month Posted on May 9

May is Stroke Awareness Month

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services indicates stroke as the third leading cause of death in the United States. National Stroke Awareness Month, initiated by former President George Bush in 1989, is designed to encourage awareness of stroke, its warning signs and tips   …Continue Reading May is Stroke Awareness Month