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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Weekly Flu Report, November 29th, 2013 Posted on Nov 29

This week’s report shows that rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts are remained stable to how they appeared last week. Using past years as our guide, however, we know that flu season in Massachusetts tends to get going in a more meaningful way as we head   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 29th, 2013

Weekly Flu Report, November 22, 2013 Posted on Nov 22

This week’s flu report shows a slight uptick in the amount of flu-like illness being reported by health care providers across the state. This in keeping with how flu season tends to ramp at this time of the year in New England. As we head into   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 22, 2013

Materiales educativos y recursos para dejar de fumar Posted on Nov 20

El jueves es el Gran Día de No Fumar (the Great American Smokeout), un día dedicado a animar a las personas que fuman a que hagan un plan para abandonar el hábito. Si usted o alguien que ama quiere dejar de fumar, no hay mejor   …Continue Reading Materiales educativos y recursos para dejar de fumar

Tools and Resources to Successfully Quit Smoking Posted on Nov 20

Tomorrow is the Great American Smokeout, a day that’s meant to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit – for themselves and their families.  If you or someone you love is a smoker but wants to quit, there is no better time than the   …Continue Reading Tools and Resources to Successfully Quit Smoking

Thanksgiving with a twist! Posted on Nov 19

Thanksgiving with a twist!

During Thanksgiving, many families stick to the same foods and traditions year after year. In my household we keep those same traditions with a twist of Dominican culture. In general Thanksgiving is not an official holiday for us, just as our lifestyles are blended in   …Continue Reading Thanksgiving with a twist!

Weekly Flu Report, November 15th Posted on Nov 15

Welcome to the “Flu Facts” section of the Department of Public Health blog. Every week from now until the end of flu season, you’ll see the latest weekly data on the impact of influenza in Massachusetts. The weekly report is designed to provide a snapshot   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 15th

The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy Posted on Nov 14

The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy

We tend to feel like we’re measured by how busy and productive we are. Why are these terms the gold standard of our value, and what if we measured our productivity and success in other ways – say by the quality of our relationships, our   …Continue Reading The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy

Highlights of the November 13th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Nov 13

Highlights of the November 13th Public Health Council Meeting

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured discussions on a wide range of topics, including three Determination of Need (DoN) requests from area health care facilities; a series of proposed amendments to existing public health regulations; and an update for the Council on   …Continue Reading Highlights of the November 13th Public Health Council Meeting

Encouraging Young Readers Posted on Nov 12

Encouraging Young Readers

Each year, Massachusetts celebrates Family Literacy Month to honor parents, teachers, schools and communities for their efforts in making Massachusetts children skilled and enthusiastic readers.  During this celebration many schools, libraries and learning centers statewide offer activities such as family book nights, storytelling and sing-alongs.   …Continue Reading Encouraging Young Readers

Supporting Our Returning Veterans Posted on Nov 7

Veterans Day is an opportunity not only to honor the bravery and sacrifice of all of the men and women in our armed services, but to also to remember how important it is that these brave individuals receive our full support when they return to   …Continue Reading Supporting Our Returning Veterans