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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Happy National Nutrition Month! Posted on Feb 28

Happy National Nutrition Month!

National Nutrition Month kicks off on March 1st with the theme, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” This theme recognizes that there are many influences that play a role in what we eat every day. While social, emotional, and health factors play a part in   …Continue Reading Happy National Nutrition Month!

Weekly Flu Report, February 28, 2014 Posted on Feb 28

As you can see in this week’s flu report, rates of flu-like illness continue to fluctuate across the state, once again illustrating that flu season is not over yet. That’s why we continue to encourage everyone six months or older in the Commonwealth to get a flu   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 28, 2014

Listening to the Birds Sing Posted on Feb 27

Listening to the Birds Sing

Think about where are you right now in this moment. Are you fully concentrating on reading this post, or are you simultaneously checking your text messages, surfing the web, and eating? With technology at the center of our lives, and all of the other distractions   …Continue Reading Listening to the Birds Sing

A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse Posted on Feb 26

A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse

Like so many other states, here in Massachusetts there can be no doubt that the use of opioids has reached epidemic proportions. The evidence is clear and compelling, as seen in terms of rising rates of fatal and non-fatal overdoses as well as trends in   …Continue Reading A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse

Weekly Flu Report, February 21, 2014 Posted on Feb 21

Rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts have dipped slightly, according to the latest weekly flu report. But rest assured that there is still plenty of flu season yet to come, and if you have not gotten a flu shot it’s absolutely not too late. Call your   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 21, 2014

Fighting Cabin Fever! Posted on Feb 19

Fighting Cabin Fever!

  About this time of year, snow has stopped being charming.  You and the kids just want to get outside and walk somewhere without bundling up and trudging through slush.  As creativity for indoor activities and winter meals runs low, TV and take out begin   …Continue Reading Fighting Cabin Fever!

Weekly Flu Report, February 14, 2014 Posted on Feb 14

Rates of flu-like illness ticked upwards in the past 7 days, according to the latest weekly flu report. It’s yet another indication that flu continues to circulate in our communities, and yet another reason to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already this   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 14, 2014

Raising Awareness About Teen Dating Violence Posted on Feb 14

This February is the second nationwide Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, proclaimed by President Obama in response to the pressing public health issue of intimate partner violence specifically among our country’s youth. Every year, 1 in 10 American teenagers will suffer physical dating   …Continue Reading Raising Awareness About Teen Dating Violence

Highlights of the February 12th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Feb 13

The February Public Health Council meeting featured two Determination of Need (DoN) requests from area health care facilities; final votes on two proposed amendments to regulations, and an informational presentation on planning for the 2014 arbovirus season. First, the Council considered a Determination of Need   …Continue Reading Highlights of the February 12th Public Health Council Meeting

A Healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day! Posted on Feb 10

A Healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Six weeks ago, one of your New Year’s resolutions may have been to encourage your family to eat healthier foods.  But now Valentine’s Day, with all the sweets that go with it, will soon be here.  While it’s tempting to load up on heart-shaped candy,   …Continue Reading A Healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day!