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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Highlights of the May 14th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on May 15

Highlights of the May 14th Public Health Council Meeting

The Public Health Council took up a series of discussions on proposed Determination of Need (DoN) requests, status updates on several proposed amendments to public health regulations, and final votes on proposed regulations at their May 14th meeting. First, the Council considered a Determination of   …Continue Reading Highlights of the May 14th Public Health Council Meeting

Gardening Grows More Than Vegetables Posted on May 14

Gardening Grows More Than Vegetables

“I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” – Thoreau There’s something satisfying about digging in the cool earth and getting your hands dirty. Feeling the soil, tending to plants, and   …Continue Reading Gardening Grows More Than Vegetables

Lead Ed: Learn How to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning Posted on May 12

Lead Ed: Learn How to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning can delay a child’s ability to learn, play, and live a healthy life.  If inhaled or swallowed, lead and lead dust can hurt the brain, kidneys, and central nervous system resulting in developmental and behavioral problems, and even death.  In the United States,   …Continue Reading Lead Ed: Learn How to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning

Weekly Flu Report, May 9, 2014 Posted on May 9

This week’s flu report shows that while we are still at widespread activity, the number of reported flu cases has been going down the last three weeks.

The Pleasures of Local Food! Posted on May 6

The Pleasures of Local Food!

With spring here and summer on its way, now is a great time to try local food.  Local food is fresher and often tastes better than foods we find in grocery stores.  Buying local can also help us feel more connected to our community while   …Continue Reading The Pleasures of Local Food!

A Groundbreaking Mobile App for Communicating During Emergencies Posted on May 5

A Groundbreaking Mobile App for Communicating During Emergencies

The DPH Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPEM) is pleased to announce the release of Show Me for Emergencies, an innovative, interactive mobile app that will enhance communication between public health and emergency management personnel and individuals with communication challenges across a variety of emergency   …Continue Reading A Groundbreaking Mobile App for Communicating During Emergencies

Weekly Flu Report, May 2, 2014 Posted on May 2

Rates of flu-like illness declined slightly in Massachusetts over the course of the past week. Full details can be found in the latest Weekly Flu Report, here.