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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Weekly Flu Report, December 30, 2010 Posted on Dec 30

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_30_10 As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_30_10 Flu season is here and – as expected - we are continuing to see an increase in flu-like illness across the state. There is still plenty of flu vaccine available so be sure to get and your family vaccinated as   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 30, 2010

Looking Back on a Great 2010 Posted on Dec 29

Looking Back on a Great 2010

  As a manager, I am a big fan of reviewing and assessing the progress we make in meeting the goals we identified for ourselves and our teams.  Therefore, as I conclude my first year as DHCFP Commissioner, I thought I would recap the goals   …Continue Reading Looking Back on a Great 2010

A Busy Week Posted on Dec 23

A Busy Week

  Last week was a very busy one at the Division.  In addition to hosting another APCD employer forum, we published two important reports: 2010 Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey and Health Care in Massachusetts: Key Indicators. Like all of our other publications, these reports are   …Continue Reading A Busy Week

Weekly Flu Report, December 22, 2010 Posted on Dec 23

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_22_10 As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_22_10 As expected for this time of year, rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts are continuing to increase. As you get ready to celebrate the holidays, there is no better time to get your flu shot to keep you and   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 22, 2010

What’s the Deal with Vitamin D? Posted on Dec 21

What’s the Deal with Vitamin D?

  Posted by: Lynn DiTaranto, Department of Public Health.   Lynn is a Nutrition Education Specialist with DPH.       It seems like nutrition recommendations are constantly changing.  Even I – a nutritionist! – get confused and frustrated when one study seems to contradict   …Continue Reading What’s the Deal with Vitamin D?

Weekly Flu Report, December 16, 2010 Posted on Dec 16

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_16_10  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_16_10 This week's flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts continue to creep up, just like we see at this time every year. The holidays are fast approaching, so now's the time to get your   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 16, 2010

Make your Holiday meals Healthy & Local! Posted on Dec 16

Make your Holiday meals Healthy & Local!

Commissioner Scott Soares Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Soares' Bio     For a lot of us, the holiday season is associated with a time of delicious food and festive meals with friends and family. I think the abundance of holiday treats makes December   …Continue Reading Make your Holiday meals Healthy & Local!

Tis the Season! Posted on Dec 15

Tis the Season!

  Posted by: Maya Mohan, Department of Public Health   Maya is the Physical Activity Coordinator for DPH. As the holidays approach (and, oh so quickly!) we may be overwhelmed with too many holiday parties, pressure to buy impressive presents for our friends and loved ones,   …Continue Reading Tis the Season!

Health Reform: A Success Story – More Massachusetts Residents Have Health Insurance Posted on Dec 14

Health Reform: A Success Story – More Massachusetts Residents Have Health Insurance

Yesterday, the Division released its 2010 Massachusetts Household Insurance Survey results, showing that not only does Massachusetts continue to have the highest health insurance coverage rate in the nation, but that our state has seen gains even through an economic recession. This year, more than   …Continue Reading Health Reform: A Success Story – More Massachusetts Residents Have Health Insurance

Weekly Flu Report, December 9, 2010 Posted on Dec 9

As RTF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_9_10  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_12_9_10 This week's flu report shows continuing increases in flu-like illness in the state, which is to be expected as flu season starts to gear up. This week's report also coincides with National Influenza Vaccination week, which is   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 9, 2010