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Monthly Archives: July 2012

My Journey back to Watermelon Posted on Jul 31

My Journey back to Watermelon

Lani Telian, Department of Public Health          The other night, my parents took me and my fiancé out to eat. My mom likes to keep the conversation light, and as usual, asked questions like “what was your favorite memory as a kid?”   …Continue Reading My Journey back to Watermelon

A Milestone for Moms and Babies! Posted on Jul 30

A Milestone for Moms and Babies!

Posted By:  Ellen Tolan, RD, LDN, IBCLC   Just in time for World Breastfeeding Week, there is great news for moms and babies! Massachusetts has officially become only the second state in the US to be Bag Free! All of our birthing hospitals and centers   …Continue Reading A Milestone for Moms and Babies!

Personal Protection Important in Preventing Mosquito Bites Posted on Jul 27

Personal Protection Important in Preventing Mosquito Bites

   Posted by:  Dr. Catherine Brown, State Public Health Veterinarian Last week, state officials made the decision to conduct aerial spraying of pesticides in parts of Southeastern Massachusetts after detecting several Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive mosquito samples in that area. The spraying took place   …Continue Reading Personal Protection Important in Preventing Mosquito Bites

Hold Your Own Olympic Games! Posted on Jul 23

Hold Your Own Olympic Games!

Posted by: Lynn Beattie, Nutrition Education Specialist     With the 2012 Summer Olympics just a few days away, are you getting excited to watch your favorite games and cheer on the athletes? Or, are you feeling adventurous and want to try a new activity with   …Continue Reading Hold Your Own Olympic Games!

Farmers’ Markets – A Weekly Run-Down Posted on Jul 16

Farmers’ Markets – A Weekly Run-Down

Hannah Brunelle Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Hannah's Bio Support your local farmers' market and enjoy some fresh, Massachusetts-grown food this week at some great farmers' market events happening across the state. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy   …Continue Reading Farmers’ Markets – A Weekly Run-Down

Make a splash with water safety! Posted on Jul 16

Make a splash with water safety!

Posted by: Katie Gorodetsky, WIC's Immunization Coordinator   Summer is in full swing and that means pool parties and beach days! Nothing beats cooling off on a hot day by the pool or enjoying vacation time at the beach, but make sure safety comes first.   …Continue Reading Make a splash with water safety!

Highlights from the July 11th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jul 11

Highlights from the July 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 featured two informational presentations from DPH subject matter experts. First the Council heard a summary of findings from a new DPH report released today, entitled "Trends   …Continue Reading Highlights from the July 11th Public Health Council Meeting

Trouble in the Sleep Department? 8 Tips for Better Sleep Posted on Jul 11

Trouble in the Sleep Department? 8 Tips for Better Sleep

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH. Need to catch more zzz’s? Just like eating and breathing, sleep is a necessary function that we may take for granted. And just like responses to eating and breathing, our body tells us when we don’t get enough sleep   …Continue Reading Trouble in the Sleep Department? 8 Tips for Better Sleep

Is your company working on wellness? Posted on Jul 10

Is your company working on wellness?

 Posted by Claire Blais, RD, CDE, LDN Claire is a Registered Dietician at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.         Each of us is given 168 hours per week.  Studies tell us we should spend 56 of them asleep, so really we’re talking about 112 hours a   …Continue Reading Is your company working on wellness?

Sun Safety Posted on Jul 6

Sun Safety

Posted by: Katie Gorodetsky, WIC's Immunization Coordinator   At last, summer is here and the warm weather means we can finally head outside to enjoy those barbeques, picnics, and beach days. But while time in the sun lets our bodies absorb vitamin D – which   …Continue Reading Sun Safety