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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Don’t be fooled by these food myths! Posted on Mar 31

Don’t be fooled by these food myths!

There are plenty of myths about food and nutrition that we hear all the time. In the honor of April Fool’s Day, we are going to do a little bit of “myth-busting” for these food and nutrition “facts.” MYTH: Popcorn is an unhealthy snack. FACT:   …Continue Reading Don’t be fooled by these food myths!

Weekly Flu Report, March 28, 2014 Posted on Mar 28

This week’s flu report shows a slight increase in overall  flu activity as we head into Spring. If you have not yet been vaccinated, it’s not too late. Contact your health care provider or local pharmacy and get your flu shot today.

In Case You Missed It: White Ribbon Day 2014 Posted on Mar 26

In Case You Missed It: White Ribbon Day 2014

The first Thursday in March has been White Ribbon Day in Massachusetts for the past seven years – a  day for celebrating healthy masculinity and pledging to end violence against women. March 6th, 2014 was no different. On that day, a diverse group of artists,   …Continue Reading In Case You Missed It: White Ribbon Day 2014

Diabetes Alert Day – Are You at Risk? Take the Free Test to Find Out Posted on Mar 24

Diabetes Alert Day – Are You at Risk? Take the Free Test to Find Out

The American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day, held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day wake-up call encouraging everyone to take the Diabetes Risk Test. This test helps find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Risk Test is   …Continue Reading Diabetes Alert Day – Are You at Risk? Take the Free Test to Find Out

Weekly Flu Report, March 21, 2014 Posted on Mar 21

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight downward trend in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts. Flu can be unpredictable, though, and we can expect flu to continue to spread at some level in Massachusetts as we make our way through spring. That’s why it’s important   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 21, 2014

Support and Resources for Our Returning Veterans Posted on Mar 20

Support and Resources for Our Returning Veterans

Earlier this month I had an amazing opportunity to spend the day with nine wounded war heroes and their families at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC.  The resiliency that these veterans displayed was remarkable as they talked about their injuries and their progress towards   …Continue Reading Support and Resources for Our Returning Veterans

Líderes juveniles y oficiales estatales unen fuerzas para mejorar la seguridad de adolescentes trabajadores Posted on Mar 19

Líderes juveniles y oficiales estatales unen fuerzas para mejorar la seguridad de adolescentes trabajadores

Desafortunadamente las estadísticas del estado muestran que cada año los adolescentes de Massachusetts promedian cientos de visitas a salas de emergencia por accidentes sufridos en el trabajo. Para combatir la alta cifra, oficiales estatales y líderes juveniles continúan uniendo fuerzas para mejorar la seguridad de   …Continue Reading Líderes juveniles y oficiales estatales unen fuerzas para mejorar la seguridad de adolescentes trabajadores

From Vision to Action: Making Teen Workplace Safety a Reality Posted on Mar 18

From Vision to Action: Making Teen Workplace Safety a Reality

Sometimes a visual is the best way to get a conversation going. Last week, room 437 at the State House was literally filled with conversation starters—posters designed by teens to spread the word on teen workplace safety. They were on display as part of an   …Continue Reading From Vision to Action: Making Teen Workplace Safety a Reality

Seeing Green on Your Plate! Posted on Mar 18

Seeing Green on Your Plate!

We are all seeing more green lately—shamrocks and leprechauns are appearing on St. Patrick’s Day!  Adding “green” to your plate, in the form of vegetables, is a way to keep you feeling full and staying healthy…and dare we say lucky?!   Green vegetables in season during   …Continue Reading Seeing Green on Your Plate!

Weekly Flu Report, March 14, 2014 Posted on Mar 14

This week’s flu report shows that the rate of flu-like illness increased slightly in Massachusetts over the past seven days. This is in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu, which during flu season can rise and drop several times over the course of the season.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 14, 2014