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Monthly Archives: December 2013

A New Year, A New You! Posted on Dec 30

A New Year, A New You!

It’s that time of year again.  In the midst of planning New Year’s celebrations, thoughts of resolutions linger in the back of our minds.  What will they be this time?  And more importantly, will they be the same as last year?  It would be safe   …Continue Reading A New Year, A New You!

Weekly Flu Report, December 27, 2013 Posted on Dec 27

This week’s flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness continue to spike upwards in Massachusetts as we head into winter. There is still time to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the flu — get a flu shot! Plenty of flu vaccine   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 27, 2013

Unusual Winter Vegetables? Give Them a Try! Posted on Dec 23

Unusual Winter Vegetables? Give Them a Try!

Are you looking for vegetables in season during the winter? Kale, potatoes, and winter squash are often the first winter vegetables that come to mind, but many people forget about the other choices that are available during the cooler months. Parsnips, Brussels sprouts, fennel, leeks   …Continue Reading Unusual Winter Vegetables? Give Them a Try!

Weekly Flu Report, December 20, 2013 Posted on Dec 20

You’ll note a slight uptick in the rate of flu-like illness in the latest weekly flu report, indicating that flu season is gearing up as it usually does at this time of year. The good news is that there is still plenty of time to protect   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 20, 2013

A Choice of Festive Drink Recipes Posted on Dec 19

The holidays are upon us, which means lots of occasions to celebrate with family and friends. Are you planning to host a holiday gathering this year? If you are, in addition to choosing how to decorate your home and planning the menu, you get to   …Continue Reading A Choice of Festive Drink Recipes

Home Heating Safety Posted on Dec 17

Home Heating Safety

New England winters are among the coldest in the country. Keeping warm during winter is essential to Massachusetts families’ comfort and well-being; but with keeping your family warm, also comes the responsibility of keeping your family safe. State safety agencies recommend families follow these safety   …Continue Reading Home Heating Safety

Weekly Flu Report, December 13, 2013 Posted on Dec 13

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in the amount of flu-like illness in the state, when compared to last week. These types of slight weekly variations in flu rates shouldn’t distract from the overall fact that we can expect flu rates to climb   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 13, 2013

Pear-Apple Crisp Recipe (sugar-free*) Posted on Dec 13

Pear-Apple Crisp Recipe (sugar-free*)

Pear apple crisp recipe – a healthy dessert.

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine! Posted on Dec 12

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine!

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” – Bill Cosby When was the last time you had a good laugh? You know,   …Continue Reading Laughter Really is the Best Medicine!

Highlights of the December 11th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Dec 11

Highlights of the December 11th Public Health Council Meeting

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included a final vote on proposed amendments to regulations related to the scope of practice for Limited Services Clinics, and an informational presentation on health informatics from a senior-level DPH analyst. First, Associate Commissioner Madeleine Biondolillo provided   …Continue Reading Highlights of the December 11th Public Health Council Meeting