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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bringing Healthy Smiles to Framingham: Another MLRP Success Story Posted on May 30

Bringing Healthy Smiles to Framingham: Another MLRP Success Story

Posted by Alexis Donnaruma, an intern in the Primary Care Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health This is another in a series of profiles of health care professionals who have benefited from the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program (MLRP). The MLRP works to increase   …Continue Reading Bringing Healthy Smiles to Framingham: Another MLRP Success Story

Beantown, USA Posted on May 28

Beantown, USA

Posted by: Kristie Fawkes, Senior Nutritionist/Breastfeeding Coordinator, Plymouth WIC Program     Are you a fan of beans?  If so, join the club!  And if not, don’t wait any longer to experiment and find ones you love.  The American Heart Association recommends eating at least 4   …Continue Reading Beantown, USA

Have you taken your medicine today? Posted on May 28

Have you taken your medicine today?

Michael See, MS, RCEP, CDE, CPHWC Michael is the Past President of Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists     More than half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, with one in six taking three or more. And while we’re living longer   …Continue Reading Have you taken your medicine today?

Stakeholders Praise DPH Medical Marijuana Regulations as Model for Other States Posted on May 24

Stakeholders Praise DPH Medical Marijuana Regulations as Model for Other States

Posted by Cheryl Bartlett, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Public Health Medical marijuana regulations are in effect in Massachusetts as of today, March 24, 2013. This follows a comprehensive series of town hall meeting and public hearing, and a unanimous vote of support from the   …Continue Reading Stakeholders Praise DPH Medical Marijuana Regulations as Model for Other States

Weekly Flu Report, May 24, 2013 Posted on May 24

Weekly Flu Report, May 24, 2013

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health  As you can see in this week's flu report (Word| PDF), flu activity remains low across Massachusetts.  On a programming note, this will be the final flu report of the season.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, May 24, 2013

Intentional Acts of Kindness Posted on May 23

Intentional Acts of Kindness

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." – PlatoWe all have bad days from time to time. There's the burnt toast situation, the coffee spill on   …Continue Reading Intentional Acts of Kindness

Hiking: Explore Your Own Backyard and Earn Your View! Posted on May 22

Hiking: Explore Your Own Backyard and Earn Your View!

Going for a walk is always nice, but I tend to get bored looking at paved sidewalks. That’s why I love hiking: walking 2.0 with a whole lot of adventure.

Healthy Springtime Gatherings Posted on May 20

Healthy Springtime Gatherings

    Posted by: Lynn Beattie, WIC Nutritionist       Springtime is in full swing – and with the weather getting warmer it’s time for barbecues and other fun outdoor festivities! Events like these can mean lots of different foods and desserts – here   …Continue Reading Healthy Springtime Gatherings

Weekly Flu Report, May 17, 2013 Posted on May 17

Weekly Flu Report, May 17, 2013

 Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health  As you can see in this week's flu report, (Word|PDF) flu activity in Massaachusetts remains low by all indicators. And a heads up, the CDC flu reporting season ends this weekend, so   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, May 17, 2013

To Bike or Not to Bike: That Is The Question Posted on May 16

To Bike or Not to Bike: That Is The Question

Posted by: Gwen Stewart in the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention I did not think I wanted to be a bike commuter.  I did not want to dodge cars on busy streets.  I did not want to be sweaty when I sat down for   …Continue Reading To Bike or Not to Bike: That Is The Question