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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Weekly Flu Report, December 31, 2015 Posted on Dec 31

The final weekly flu report of 2015 shows that rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts have risen since last week’s edition. This is in keeping with what we’re seeing in other parts of the country, and how flu season tends to arrive in New England historically.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 31, 2015

Weekly Flu Report, December 24, 2015 Posted on Dec 27

Rates of flu-like illness across the Commonwealth remain low according to the latest flu report. Nevertheless, flu will likely pick up in the New Year so make sure you and your loved ones start 2016 fully vaccinated against the flu. There is plenty of vaccine still   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 24, 2015

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But Let’s Play Anyway! Posted on Dec 23

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But Let’s Play Anyway!

By Rachel Colchamiro, Director of Nutrition – WIC Program It’s December.  It’s cold…at least it’s getting there, anyway.  And it’s dark.  No wonder people have a hard time getting exercise at this time of year! Staying physically active in the winter takes some effort for   …Continue Reading Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But Let’s Play Anyway!

Weekly Flu Report, December 18, 2015 Posted on Dec 18

This week’s flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness remain low across the Commonwealth. This is typical for this time of year, however, as many of us will be spending extended time with family and friends over the coming week there is no better time to get   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 18, 2015

The Data Confirms It: Seatbelts Really Do Save Lives Posted on Dec 17

Did you know that there are over 100,000 motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts every year and that people are injured in nearly 40,000 of these crashes? Motor vehicle crashes are everyday tragedies that can change lives in a matter of seconds. Wearing a seat belt   …Continue Reading The Data Confirms It: Seatbelts Really Do Save Lives

Highlights of the December 16th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Dec 16

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included consideration of three Determination of Need (DoN) requests, a vote on proposed amendments to existing regulations and an informational presentation on the Prevention and Wellness Trust. First the Council heard a request from Shields Signature Imaging, LLC to begin   …Continue Reading Highlights of the December 16th Public Health Council Meeting

Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids! Posted on Dec 15

Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids!

Remember when you were a kid? I do, and I loved to color inside (and outside) the lines in my coloring books! I’d get lost in the playful world of Garfield, outer space, and tropical rain forests. Coloring books for adults have ballooned in popularity,   …Continue Reading Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids!

Making Holiday Parties Healthier! Posted on Dec 15

Making Holiday Parties Healthier!

By Terri Mendoza and Louisa Paine The holiday season is right around the corner. This can be a challenging time for people when it comes to keeping up with physical activity and eating healthy meals and snacks. Luckily, there are some things you can do   …Continue Reading Making Holiday Parties Healthier!

Weekly Flu Report, December 11, 2015 Posted on Dec 11

The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness remain low in the Commonwealth. This is in keeping with what we normally see at this time of the year – but we can expect that to change as flu season gears up. There   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 11, 2015

Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday! Posted on Dec 7

Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday!

As you get ready for the hectic holiday season, we are reminded about important decisions that should take place before purchasing toys for children.  Let’s keep children safe by following these toy safety tips: Avoid toys with small balls and parts for children under age   …Continue Reading Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday!