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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Stretching Does a Body, and Mind, Good! Posted on Feb 29

Stretching Does a Body, and Mind, Good!

Stretching is often taken for granted, but it’s one of the best things we can do for our bodies. It’s important for all of us, especially those of us with desk jobs or who sit for long stretches (pun intended), to stretch regularly throughout the   …Continue Reading Stretching Does a Body, and Mind, Good!

Weekly Flu Report, February 26, 2016 Posted on Feb 26

Rates of flu-like illness have declined slightly in the past seven days according to the latest weekly flu report. It’s too soon to tell whether we’ve seen the peak of flu season yet, and even then we can expect flu to continue circulating in our communities   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 26, 2016

Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education Posted on Feb 25

Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has a long history of promoting policies and practices that support health and safety in early care and education settings. Recently the Department unveiled an updated Health and Safety in Child Care website, to serve as a clearinghouse of   …Continue Reading Promoting Health and Safety in Early Care and Education

Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You! Posted on Feb 23

Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You!

By Rosylan Rojas Did you hear? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! If there are any Star Wars fans reading this, you’ll be happy to know that this year’s theme is “Sugar Wars.” In honor of the campaign, here are some key ways you   …Continue Reading Sugar Wars – Coming to a Household Near You!

Putting Data to Work: How Work Affects Our Health Posted on Feb 22

Putting Data to Work: How Work Affects Our Health

Over 3 million Massachusetts residents are employed in thousands of workplaces throughout the Commonwealth. Perhaps you’re one of them. Despite the varying nature of our jobs, there are common themes that work plays in our lives: it provides income and often other economic benefits, and   …Continue Reading Putting Data to Work: How Work Affects Our Health

Weekly Flu Report, February 19, 2016 Posted on Feb 19

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decline in the rate of flu-like illness in the state in the past seven days. Flu can be unpredictable, however, so it’s too soon to say whether this is a temporary decline or not. In any event, we   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 19, 2016

Weekly Flu Report, February 12, 2016 Posted on Feb 12

Rates of flu-like illness continued to climb over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. This is consistent with what we typically see at this point of flu season in years past. And if prior flu seasons are any indication, we can   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 12, 2016

Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier! Posted on Feb 11

Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!

I used to think that Halloween through New Year’s was the hardest time of the year to stick to my goal of eating healthfully, considering leftover candy from trick or treating, Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties and gatherings—the list goes on and on. By the time   …Continue Reading Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!

Highlights from the February 10th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Feb 10

This month’s Public Health Council meeting featured a series of presentations and discussions on proposed amendments to regulations, followed by informational updates on select Department initiatives. First the Council received updates from the Department on the status of proposed amendments to regulations related to: Safety Requirement for   …Continue Reading Highlights from the February 10th Public Health Council Meeting

Weekly Flu Report, February 5, 2016 Posted on Feb 5

The latest weekly flu report shows that flu rates rose again in Massachusetts during the past 7 days. It’s absolutely not too late to get a flu shot if you haven’t already. As a matter of fact, we can expect flu to continue to circulate in   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 5, 2016