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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Weekly Flu Report, October 30, 2015 Posted on Oct 30

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu activity in the state remain low, which is in keeping with this time of the year. But flu season will be here before you know it, so why not take the time now to get vaccinated   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 30, 2015

Having a Happy—and Healthy!—Halloween Posted on Oct 27

Having a Happy—and Healthy!—Halloween

By Meaghan Sutherland and Angela Finn For many of us, the start of autumn means enjoying many seasonal favorites such as apple pie, cider donuts, Halloween treats, and pumpkin-spiced…everything!  The list goes on and on! Year after year, we start September and the going-back-to-school season   …Continue Reading Having a Happy—and Healthy!—Halloween

Weekly Flu Report, October 23, 2015 Posted on Oct 23

Hi everyone and welcome back to another season’s worth of Weekly Flu Reports. Each Friday from now through May you can check back here to see the latest information on the impact of flu in communities across Massachusetts. To kick things off, the first Weekly   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 23, 2015

Play Your Way to Joy! Posted on Oct 22

Play Your Way to Joy!

“[People] do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Play isn’t just for kids! In our fast-paced, modern world, we seem to have forgotten about leisure time. That is, time that isn’t scheduled,   …Continue Reading Play Your Way to Joy!

Highlights of the October 21st Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Oct 21

The Public Health Council took up a wide range of issues at the October monthly meeting, from a pair of Determination of Need (DoN) requests, to a series of proposed recissions of existing regulations, and two votes on final amendments to regulations. First, the Council   …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 21st Public Health Council Meeting

10 Ways to Eat Greener Posted on Oct 19

10 Ways to Eat Greener

Food Day, on October 24th is a national event created by the Center of Science in the Public Interest to encourage Americans to change their diets and our food policies.  “Toward a Greener Diet” is the focus of this year’s Food Day celebrations.  The idea   …Continue Reading 10 Ways to Eat Greener

Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces! Posted on Oct 16

The rise in health care costs and chronic diseases has prompted more worksites in Massachusetts to take action to improve the health and well-being of their employees. Employers are realizing that creating a culture of health in the workplace is good for business and can   …Continue Reading Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces!

Move Over on the Road: It Could Save a Life Posted on Oct 6

Move Over on the Road: It Could Save a Life

Driving. It’s something many of us take for granted as part of our day-to-day lives. Many of us also drive for work, even if only occasionally. But did you know, that in Massachusetts, 74 workers were killed in motor vehicle related events from 2007-2014? Forty-six   …Continue Reading Move Over on the Road: It Could Save a Life