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Monthly Archives: August 2013

De regreso a clases: Consejos para los padres/cuidadores de adolescentes Posted on Aug 28

De regreso a clases: Consejos para los padres/cuidadores de adolescentes

El regreso a clases puede ser un período estresante para los adolescentes y padres por igual. La transición de un horario de verano más relajado a un nuevo año escolar, lleno de caras nuevas, tareas y actividades programadas, puede crear una mezcla de ansiedad, anticipación   …Continue Reading De regreso a clases: Consejos para los padres/cuidadores de adolescentes

Don’t Let the First Conversation about Drugs and Alcohol Be Your Last Posted on Aug 28

Don’t Let the First Conversation about Drugs and Alcohol Be Your Last

You probably have to remind your teenager a few times to do their homework or take out the trash.  The same goes for drugs and alcohol.  Remind your teen that alcohol and other drugs are unhealthy, even if you’ve already talked about it.  It might   …Continue Reading Don’t Let the First Conversation about Drugs and Alcohol Be Your Last

Summertime Fun! Posted on Aug 27

Summertime Fun!

Don’t miss out on the countless activities that warm weather has to offer families for summer entertainment! The beach can provide endless fun. But, there are plenty of other activities to change things up. Go outside and enjoy blueberry picking, bike riding, and having a   …Continue Reading Summertime Fun!

A Salute to the Kernel! Posted on Aug 20

A Salute to the Kernel!

This week’s farmers’ markets will have an abundance of veggies like tomatoes, corn, squash, celery and eggplant along with apples, peaches raspberries and watermelon.  Need I say more?  It’s obvious that summer is in full swing! Although we’re long past Independence Day celebrations, for many   …Continue Reading A Salute to the Kernel!

Try positive reinforcement to help prevent teens from using drugs or alcohol Posted on Aug 20

Try positive reinforcement to help prevent teens from using drugs or alcohol

When your teen improves their grades, or scores a run in their baseball game, do you congratulate them? Recognizing your kid’s accomplishments reinforces positive behaviors and has been shown to lower the likelihood they will use alcohol and other drugs. Many parents have found creative   …Continue Reading Try positive reinforcement to help prevent teens from using drugs or alcohol

Another Tool in the Fight Against Tobacco Use Posted on Aug 15

In Massachusetts and across the country, communities are working hard together to reduce smoking rates and the real impacts of smoking-related illness and death on both our families and our health care system. This is a fight being waged on many fronts, and today, I’d   …Continue Reading Another Tool in the Fight Against Tobacco Use

Highlights from the August 14th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Aug 14

Highlights from the August 14th Public Health Council Meeting

The August monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of Determination of Need (DoN) requests from area health care providers followed by three informational presentations on proposed amendments to current public health regulations. A total of three DoN requests were taken up   …Continue Reading Highlights from the August 14th Public Health Council Meeting

Best Practices for Car Seat Safety! Posted on Aug 12

Best Practices for Car Seat Safety!

As parents, we want to do everything we can in our power to protect our children. Using a car seat (child safety seat) is the best protection you can give your child when traveling by car. Child safety seats can substantially reduce the risk of   …Continue Reading Best Practices for Car Seat Safety!

Fun Ideas for Alcohol-Free Parties Posted on Aug 9

Summer is here and with it comes celebrations of all kinds such as beach days, barbeques and picnics with family and friends. In addition to good food and company, many of these festivities may include alcohol, so it’s important to remember that anyone who provides   …Continue Reading Fun Ideas for Alcohol-Free Parties

Loan Repayment: Making One Dentist’s Dream a Reality Posted on Aug 6

Loan Repayment: Making One Dentist’s Dream a Reality

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 access to comprehensive primary care in underserved areas, by providing up to $50,000 towards outstanding educational loans for   …Continue Reading Loan Repayment: Making One Dentist’s Dream a Reality