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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Welcome to Ask Mass WIC Posted on Apr 30

Welcome to Ask Mass WIC

Posted by: Judy Hause, WIC Director From time to time we all have nutrition questions, especially if we’re pregnant or raising children.  Families struggle everyday to eat healthy and make food choices that are acceptable to picky eaters – all while staying within a budget.   …Continue Reading Welcome to Ask Mass WIC

Weekly Flu Report, April 26th, 2012 Posted on Apr 26

As Word doc: Download Weekly_flu_report_4-26-12  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_4-26-12 This week's flu report shows a slight uptick in the amount of flu-like illness currently happening in state, as compared to the previous week. To see the full report, click on either of the links above.

My Slow Cooker Secret Posted on Apr 24

My Slow Cooker Secret

 Posted by Claire Blais, RD, CDE, LDN Claire is a Registered Dietician at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.         I’m a Registered Dietitian.  A healthy food expert. I know the importance of a varied, balanced diet, where half your plate should be fruits and veggies, yada   …Continue Reading My Slow Cooker Secret

Weekly Flu Report, April 19th, 2012 Posted on Apr 19

As Word doc: Download Weekly_flu_report_4-19-12  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_4-19-12 Flu rates remain at a low but stable rate as compared to the previous week, according to the latest weekly flu report. Please click on either of the links above to see the full report.

Aspirin – A cure-all for all? Posted on Apr 17

Aspirin – A cure-all for all?

Posted by Ted Clark Ted is the Communications Director for the Heart Disease and Stroke Program   Now that I’m in my mid-40s, I’m aware of many things that affect my health. I know I should be active, I know I should eat right,   …Continue Reading Aspirin – A cure-all for all?

Weekly Flu Report, April 12th, 2012 Posted on Apr 12

As Word doc: Download Weekly_flu_report_4-12-12 As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_4-12-12 This week's flu report shows a slight uptick in the rate of flu-like illness in the state, as compared to last week, however flu activity remains relatively minor. Please click on either of the attached documents to   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 12th, 2012

Highlights from the April 11th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Apr 12

Highlights from the April 11th Public Health Council Meeting

Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health This month, the Public Health Council took up two pending Determination of Need (DON) issues, and got a sneak preview of an innovative social marketing campaign which will soon be underway   …Continue Reading Highlights from the April 11th Public Health Council Meeting

Avoid Running on Empty: Nutrition Tips Inspired by the Boston Marathon Posted on Apr 12

Avoid Running on Empty: Nutrition Tips Inspired by the Boston Marathon

Posted by: Lynn Beattie, Department of Public Health.   Lynn is a Nutrition Education Specialist with DPH.         This year marks the 116th anniversary of the Boston Marathon - the world’s oldest, and arguably most prestigious, marathon. On Monday, April 16th thousands of   …Continue Reading Avoid Running on Empty: Nutrition Tips Inspired by the Boston Marathon

The fantabulous egg Posted on Apr 10

The fantabulous egg

Posted by Anna Waclawiczek Anna is the Chief of Staff at the MA Department of Agricultural Resources (AGR)     A growing number of communities across the Commonwealth are “a-cluck” with backyard chickens, as  home hobbyists try their hand at raising small flocks of poultry. There   …Continue Reading The fantabulous egg

Baking the Stress Away Posted on Apr 6

Baking the Stress Away

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.                                                                                                                                                  Mmm…who doesn't love the smell of fresh-baked banana bread? Comforting aromas soothe us and evoke feelings of warmth and joy. When I was growing up, my mom baked often and I   …Continue Reading Baking the Stress Away