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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Keeping the Balance During the Holiday Season! Posted on Nov 29

Keeping the Balance During the Holiday Season!

By Tracey Munson and Meaghan Sutherland The holiday season is on our doorstep, accompanied by an endless supply of gravy, fudge, gingerbread, and figgy pudding (okay, maybe not that last one).  While enjoying some of these foods is something we look forward to every year,   …Continue Reading Keeping the Balance During the Holiday Season!

Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides Posted on Nov 28

Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides

Do you or someone you love use the services of a home care aide?  Nearly 50,000 people—mostly women—work in this growing occupation in Massachusetts.  You may be surprised to learn that recent data show that home care aides are twice as likely to have asthma   …Continue Reading Protecting the Health of Home Care Aides

Weekly Flu Report, November 25, 2016 Posted on Nov 25

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness continue to be low in Massachusetts. There is still time to get protected against the flu this season by getting a flu shot. You can find flu vaccination opportunities by calling your health care provider,   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 25, 2016

Holiday Helpers Posted on Nov 22

Holiday Helpers

An extra set of hands in the kitchen can be really helpful… especially on holidays! This Thanksgiving, try holiday cooking with your kids as a fantastic family activity! When having a fun and memorable experience with food and nutrition, kids will not only become more   …Continue Reading Holiday Helpers

Weekly Flu Report, November 18, 2016 Posted on Nov 18

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness continue to be low in Massachusetts. There is still time to get protected against the flu this season by getting a flu shot. You can find flu vaccination opportunities by calling your health care provider, your   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 18, 2016

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word Posted on Nov 15

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word

The latest data show that women in Massachusetts are much less likely to obtain oral health care during pregnancy than before pregnancy. That’s a trend that the Department and our partners in the provider community are working to reverse. Earlier this year DPH released the   …Continue Reading Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Spreading the Word

This November, Don’t Take a Break from Managing Your Diabetes! Posted on Nov 15

This November, Don’t Take a Break from Managing Your Diabetes!

By Terri Mendoza and Jocelyn Brault The holiday season can be a difficult time for people who are trying to keep an eye on what they eat and how active they are.  For the nearly 28 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes, this time   …Continue Reading This November, Don’t Take a Break from Managing Your Diabetes!

Weekly Flu Report, November 11, 2016 Posted on Nov 11

Rates of flu-like illness remain relatively low, according to the latest weekly flu report. But flu season has yet to really get going, and that means there’s still time to get a flu shot and protect yourself and your family from what can be a very   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 11, 2016

Highlights of the November 9th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Nov 9

The Public Health Council heard a series of informational updates on the status of proposed amendments to regulations at this month’s meeting. Updates to proposed amendments included: 105 CMR 141.000 – Licensure of Hospice Programs 105 CMR 153.000 – Licensure Procedure and Suitability Requirements for Long-Term Care   …Continue Reading Highlights of the November 9th Public Health Council Meeting

Weekly Flu Report, November 4, 2016 Posted on Nov 4

The latest weekly flu report indicates that we continue to see minimal rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts. We can expect this to change at some point, so now’s the time to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so already. Call your health care provider,   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 4, 2016