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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Highlights from the September 19th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Sep 19

Highlights from the September 19th 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 a discussion of two separate Determination of Need (DON) applications from Massachusetts hospitals and a vote on emergency amendments to regulations   …Continue Reading Highlights from the September 19th Public Health Council Meeting

Bath Salts are Now Illegal Posted on Sep 18

Bath Salts are Now Illegal

    Posted by: Kathleen Whelton and Avi Pinals who both work in the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services  Bath Salts have been in the news a lot lately, but what are they? Bath Salts are a group of chemical compounds that when taken orally, inhaled,   …Continue Reading Bath Salts are Now Illegal

Is Your Child Seeing Clearly? Posted on Sep 17

Is Your Child Seeing Clearly?

  Posted by: Katie Gorodetsky, Immunization Coordinator   Did you know that it is now Massachusetts law that all children have a vision screening before they start kindergarten? Here’s why:  • Untreated vision problems can affect a child’s ability to learn and could even lead   …Continue Reading Is Your Child Seeing Clearly?

Come Celebrate the Great Park Pursuit Finale! Posted on Sep 13

Come Celebrate the Great Park Pursuit Finale!

Posted by Samantha Noderer, a Health Communication Intern at DPH From Cape Cod  to the Berkshires and all the way back to Boston, our state is home to a rich variety of state parks for families to enjoy. But not everyone is aware of these invaluable   …Continue Reading Come Celebrate the Great Park Pursuit Finale!

Las picaduras de mosquitos siguen siendo una amenaza en nuestro Estado Posted on Sep 10

Las picaduras de mosquitos siguen siendo una amenaza en nuestro Estado

 Posted by Omar Cabrera, Community Health Education Manager at DPH.Este verano las enfermedades provocadas por picaduras de mosquitos fueron el tema principal de salud en nuestra región, y lo continúan siendo ya que al momento de la redacción de esta nota, en Massachusetts se han   …Continue Reading Las picaduras de mosquitos siguen siendo una amenaza en nuestro Estado

Make the switch to low-fat or fat-free milk Posted on Sep 10

Make the switch to low-fat or fat-free milk

  Heather Catledge, WIC Nutritionist   The only thing “whole” about whole milk is a whole lot of calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol. By switching to low-fat or fat-free milk, you cut calories, fat, and cholesterol but keep the great health benefits milk has to   …Continue Reading Make the switch to low-fat or fat-free milk

Back to School Stress and Marijuana Use Posted on Sep 8

Back to School Stress and Marijuana Use

 Posted by: Avi Pinals. Avi is a high school student and intern in the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services    For kids, going back to school is a chance to see friends from last year, and an end to the free time they have during   …Continue Reading Back to School Stress and Marijuana Use

Packing Up Fun…Lunch Ideas for Your Kids! Posted on Sep 4

Packing Up Fun…Lunch Ideas for Your Kids!

  Posted by: Ellen Tolan, WIC Nutritionist   Here we go again! It’s back to school season. That means it’s time to start thinking about what to pack in your child’s lunchbox. Many parents find that being creative and colorful will result in a happy   …Continue Reading Packing Up Fun…Lunch Ideas for Your Kids!