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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Helping kids move their way through winter Posted on Jan 31

Helping kids move their way through winter

  Posted by Anne Hemmer, RD, LDN, MS Anne is the Coordinator of the MA Children at Play Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.     When you picture outdoor activities you can do with your kids, do you automatically imagine a warm,   …Continue Reading Helping kids move their way through winter

Weekly Flu Report, January 26th, 2012 Posted on Jan 26

As Word doc: Download Weekly_flu_report_1-26-12  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_1-26-12 This week's flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts continue on their steady pace as January comes to a close. But if this flu season is like most others, we haven't seen anything   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 26th, 2012

The Year of Substitutions Posted on Jan 24

The Year of Substitutions

Lani Telian, Department of Public Health     This year, I’m basing my diet completely on subs.  Not footlong subs – I’m focusing on small substitutions. As a girl with strong family ties, and family values that are strongly tied to food, its been hard   …Continue Reading The Year of Substitutions

Weekly Flu Report, January 19th, 2012 Posted on Jan 19

As Word doc: Download Weekly_flu_report_1-19-12  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_1-19-12 This week's flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts continue to remain steady as compared to previous weeks. But remember, flu season hits its peak in February and March — and even then flu still   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 19th, 2012

Everybody Dance Now! Posted on Jan 18

Everybody Dance Now!

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The feelings I get from a night of dancing are like no other – freedom, expression, joy. That’s because dance, when combined with music, is just that powerful in promoting a   …Continue Reading Everybody Dance Now!

ChopChop Kickoff: Watch it here! Posted on Jan 17

ChopChop Kickoff: Watch it here!

Posted by:     Much to my dismay, I missed last week's ChopChop Kickoff Event that took place with Governor Patrick at Community Services, a social services agency in Jamaica Plain. Since then, all I've been hearing from my colleagues is how awesome the event   …Continue Reading ChopChop Kickoff: Watch it here!

Welcome to Mental Wellness! Posted on Jan 13

Welcome to Mental Wellness!

Posted by Alison Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coodinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Welcome to the newest category on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health blog! We created this space as a forum to discuss all of the ways that mental wellness can contribute to   …Continue Reading Welcome to Mental Wellness!

Weekly Flu Report, January 12, 2012 Posted on Jan 12

As Word doc: Download Weekly_flu_report_1-12-12  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_1-12-12 This week's flu report shows that the rate of flu-like illness in Massachusetts has continued at a relatively stable pace since last week's snapshot. Then again, flu season in New England doesn't usually reach its peak until February and   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 12, 2012

Highlights from the January 11th, Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jan 11

Highlights from the January 11th, Public Health Council Meeting

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Today's Public Health Council agenda included two discussions of pending Determination of Need applications, as well as a comprehensive update on one of the key initiatives currently underway at the   …Continue Reading Highlights from the January 11th, Public Health Council Meeting

Focus on Folic Acid! Posted on Jan 9

Focus on Folic Acid!

Posted by: Terri Mendoza, MS, RD, LDN, Department of Public Health. Terri is a Nutrition Education Specialist with DPH.   Are you looking for a new New Year’s resolution that’s easy, painless and will help protect you AND your growing family?  Well, look no more!  Since   …Continue Reading Focus on Folic Acid!