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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

Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month Posted on Jul 8

Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month

Three out of every 10 American adults don’t spend any time outside daily, and of those that do, most spend less than 30 minutes outdoors. Since 1985, the U.S. National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has tried to lower that ratio by celebrating the month   …Continue Reading Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month

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 Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness Posted on May 22

Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is well before you hear warnings on the radio. Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 25-31, is a time to get ready for whatever comes your way when New England hurricane season hits June 1 through November 30. In   …Continue Reading Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness

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

Tips for Buying Your First Home in Massachusetts Posted on May 1

Tips for Buying Your First Home in Massachusetts

Spring is a popular time for people to start thinking about purchasing a new home in Massachusetts and around the country. Alongside the anticipation that comes with this endeavor are many questions: Can I afford this? Am I really ready? How do I find and   …Continue Reading Tips for Buying Your First Home in Massachusetts

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

Keeping Our Pets Happy and Safe Posted on Apr 22

Keeping Our Pets Happy and Safe

From guide dogs that help people with their mobility and access to family companions, pets have become important members in over half of American households today. Pets can help us cope with stress, stay physically fit, and improve our mood. Due to the special role   …Continue Reading Keeping Our Pets Happy and Safe

Making the Most of a Long-Awaited Massachusetts Spring Posted on Apr 8

Making the Most of a Long-Awaited Massachusetts Spring

It’s been a long winter, but soon the weather will warm up and we’ll be able to shed our coats and enjoy the spring season. With April Vacation Week  just around the corner, don’t miss a moment of spring’s sunshine by exploring all the activities   …Continue Reading Making the Most of a Long-Awaited Massachusetts Spring