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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Chew on this, Sweet Tooth: The truth about sugar and substitutes Posted on May 31

Chew on this, Sweet Tooth: The truth about sugar and substitutes

 Posted by Claire Blais, RD, CDE, LDN Claire is a Registered Dietician at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.     New ideas about nutrition flood our news feeds daily and sometimes make it difficult to be sure of best practices. Over the past few years, the noise surrounding sugar   …Continue Reading Chew on this, Sweet Tooth: The truth about sugar and substitutes

Keep Children Safe Around Windows This Summer Posted on May 29

Keep Children Safe Around Windows This Summer

  Posted by: Katie Gorodetsky, Immunization Coordinator for WIC   As warmer weather arrives and windows are opened to let the breeze in, we should all remember that screens are designed to keep bugs out and not children in.  The leading cause of injury to children   …Continue Reading Keep Children Safe Around Windows This Summer

Weekly Flu Report, May 24, 2012 Posted on May 24

As Word doc: Download Weekly_flu_report_5-24-12  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_5-24-12 This week's flu report indicates low rates of flu-like illness in the state, consistent with typical patterns seen as flu season winds down. Click on either of the links above to see the full report.

Eating Smart, Spending Smart: Healthy Foods on a Budget Posted on May 24

Eating Smart, Spending Smart: Healthy Foods on a Budget

  Posted by Anne Hemmer, RD, LDN, MS, with help from Amy Rojas, MPH Anne is the Coordinator of the MA Children at Play Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.     Making healthy choices on a budget sometimes does not always seem   …Continue Reading Eating Smart, Spending Smart: Healthy Foods on a Budget

Massachusetts Teens Speak Up About ‘Safe Jobs for Youth’ Posted on May 22

Massachusetts Teens Speak Up About ‘Safe Jobs for Youth’

Posted by Sara Rattigan, Health Communications Specialist in the Occupational Health Surveillance Program. This April and May have been packed with events all about making workplaces safer for Massachusetts teens. First, Governor Patrick proclaimed May 2012 to be Young Worker Safety Month, an important reminder   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Teens Speak Up About ‘Safe Jobs for Youth’

Warmer Weather = Outdoor Fun! Posted on May 21

Warmer Weather = Outdoor Fun!

  Posted by: Lynn Beattie, Nutrition Education Specialist with WIC Program     Warmer temperatures are finally upon us, and it’s a great time to think of ways to be physically active with our families. Being active as a family helps children feel confident about themselves and   …Continue Reading Warmer Weather = Outdoor Fun!

Weekly Flu Report, May 18th, 2012 Posted on May 18

As Word doc: Download Weekly_flu_report_5-18-12  As PDF: Download Weekly_flu_report_5-18-12 This week's flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness have dropped slightly since last week, as measured on a geographic basis. The report itself can be viewed or downloaded via either of the hyperlinks above.

Why I’m Blogging for Mental Health Posted on May 16

Why I’m Blogging for Mental Health

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.                                                                     May is Mental Health Month, and today is Mental Health Blog Party Day. You might be wondering how mental health could be a party. Well, positive mental health is certainly something   …Continue Reading Why I’m Blogging for Mental Health

Asthma – Not just a kid’s problem Posted on May 16

Asthma – Not just a kid’s problem

Posted by Jean Zotter, JD Jean is the Director of the Asthma Prevention and Control Program Asthma affects people of all ages. Yet, while there is a lot of literature out there about asthma in children, there’s a huge lack of information available on asthma   …Continue Reading Asthma – Not just a kid’s problem

Keep an Eye Out for WIC Shelf Tags at the Grocery Store! Posted on May 14

Keep an Eye Out for WIC Shelf Tags at the Grocery Store!

posted by:  Lucy Costa, Vendor Specialist     Being a mom is so busy these days, running from here to there. And somehow, we still need to manage to complete weekly tasks like making it to the grocery store to pick up food for the family. Do   …Continue Reading Keep an Eye Out for WIC Shelf Tags at the Grocery Store!