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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Weekly Flu Report, March 29th, 2012 Posted on Mar 29

As Word doc: Download Weekly_flu_report_3-29-12  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_3-29-12 This week's flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness in the state continue at a relatively low but steady rate, as compared to last week's report. Flu season continues well into spring, and if you   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 29th, 2012

2012 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge Posted on Mar 29

2012 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge

Lani Telian, Department of Public Health          Kicking off tomorrow and continuing through September 28, The Green Streets Initiative is redefining the phrase “healthy competition” in the workplace. The 2012 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge calls on Boston and Cambridge area organizations to abandon their   …Continue Reading 2012 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge

Ready, Set, Spring! Posted on Mar 27

Ready, Set, Spring!

Posted by: Terri Mendoza, MS, RD, LDN, Department of Public Health. Terri is a Nutrition Education Specialist with DPH.       With spring hopefully just around the corner, it’s (almost) time put away heavy sweaters and coats and take out your lighter outfits, and replace the   …Continue Reading Ready, Set, Spring!

Making Changes That Make It Easier for People to Make Healthy Choices Posted on Mar 23

What do health departments, public safety, community and economic development, transportation departments, and schools have to do with each other?When it comes to a healthy environment, the answer is simple: everything!  A lot of work goes into creating a healthy environment, and it takes more   …Continue Reading Making Changes That Make It Easier for People to Make Healthy Choices

Partnering with Veterans’ Services to Support Veterans & Their Families Posted on Mar 22

Partnering with Veterans’ Services to Support Veterans & Their Families

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Returning from war and readjusting to civilian life is no easy task. For veterans and their families, both physical and mental health challenges are great, and navigating the complex systems of   …Continue Reading Partnering with Veterans’ Services to Support Veterans & Their Families

Highlights from the March 21st Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Mar 21

Highlights from the March 21st Public Health Council Meeting

Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health This month's meeting of the Public Health Council featured an informational presentation from the DPH Medical Director, the consideration of two Determination of Need requests from Massachusetts health care facilities.   …Continue Reading Highlights from the March 21st Public Health Council Meeting

Smoke-Free Housing Becoming More Popular in MA Communities Posted on Mar 21

When Massachusetts passed its smoke-free workplace law in 2006, most residents saw their exposure to secondhand smoke all but disappear.  But that’s not true for everyone. People who live in multi-unit housing, including apartment buildings and elderly housing, still face an elevated risk of exposure.    …Continue Reading Smoke-Free Housing Becoming More Popular in MA Communities

Decoding Sodium Labels Posted on Mar 20

Decoding Sodium Labels

Posted by Susan Svencer, MPH Susan is a Sodium Reduction Specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health     Sodium is the main ingredient in salt. Too much sodium can raise your blood pressure and put you at risk for heart disease and stroke.   …Continue Reading Decoding Sodium Labels

Partnering with the Department of Transportation to Improve Health Posted on Mar 20

Proximity of transportation can have a major impact on people’s health for better or worse.  Having easy access to transportation is an important benefit to people, but proximity can work against health as well—it can impede quality of life in a number of ways, including   …Continue Reading Partnering with the Department of Transportation to Improve Health

Improving Health and Reducing Health Care Costs through the National Prevention Strategy Posted on Mar 19

Those of us interested in public health have long understood that prevention is key to keeping people healthy and therefore reducing health care costs.  As part of the landmark Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, the National Prevention Strategy was developed, and for the first   …Continue Reading Improving Health and Reducing Health Care Costs through the National Prevention Strategy