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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Weekly Flu Report, January 31, 2014 Posted on Jan 31

As illustrated by this week’s flu report, rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts have once again increased over the past week and, as we know, flu activity can continue well into February and March.  That’s why we continue to encourage everyone six months or older in   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 31, 2014

The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: An Innovative Next Step in Health Care Reform Posted on Jan 28

These are extraordinary times to work in public health in Massachusetts, as the Commonwealth leads the nation in the successful implementation of health care reform through innovation, collaboration, and hard work.  As a former front-line nurse and community advocate, it is exciting to see the   …Continue Reading The Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund: An Innovative Next Step in Health Care Reform

Score Big with this Superbowl Healthy Recipe! Posted on Jan 28

Score Big with this Superbowl Healthy Recipe!

Super Bowl Sunday is not all about the game—it’s about the tasty food too! Kick off Super Bowl XLVII with some fun, festive, and nutritious foods to keep you focused. They say that defense wins games, so why not plan a successful defense against the   …Continue Reading Score Big with this Superbowl Healthy Recipe!

Weekly Flu Report, January 24, 2014 Posted on Jan 24

This week’s flu report shows that after the brief dip we saw over the past two weeks, the number of reported flu cases has once again begun to increase – a clear indication that flu is unpredictable and flu season is certainly not over yet. All   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 24, 2014

It’s Budget Week! Posted on Jan 23

As a nurse and long-time community advocate for HIV/AIDS patients, substance abuse treatment and the homeless, I can remember experiencing each of the annual Governor’s Budget announcements with great anticipation, anxiety and excitement. Then and now, I have always believed that our state budget truly   …Continue Reading It’s Budget Week!

Weekly Flu Report, January 17, 2014 Posted on Jan 17

The latest weekly flu report shows that flu continues to circulate widely in our communities, which is in keeping with how flu typically spreads at this time of year in this part of the country. We can expect to see elevated levels of flu activity well   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 17, 2014

Discover New Ways to Appreciate Winter! Posted on Jan 16

Discover New Ways to Appreciate Winter!

“That’s it - I’m done with winter!” I grumbled to friends on a cold and rainy December morning in Pennsylvania. After over 20 winters filled with bitter winds, lingering brown slush, and hiding indoors, I decided to move to North Carolina for the warmer climate. Three   …Continue Reading Discover New Ways to Appreciate Winter!

How much is too much? Posted on Jan 16

How much is too much?

In a report released Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted that alcohol screening and counseling is an effective but underused health service.  In fact, only 1 in 6 adults in the United States reported discussing alcohol use with a health professional.   …Continue Reading How much is too much?

DPH Recognized for National Health Leadership Posted on Jan 15

DPH Recognized for National Health Leadership

Here at the Department we’re proud of the hard work and dedication of all of our staff across the Commonwealth. And we’re not alone. Now the national magazine Health Leaders has named DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett and DPH Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Kristine Aznavoorian as   …Continue Reading DPH Recognized for National Health Leadership

Go Smoke Free in 2014! Posted on Jan 14

Go Smoke Free in 2014!

New Year’s is a perfect time to set goals that aim at improving your physical and mental well-being. Adopting a healthy behavior can be a great way to start the year! Most people know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems.   …Continue Reading Go Smoke Free in 2014!