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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Weekly Flu Report, January 27, 2017 Posted on Jan 27

Rates of flu-like illness have risen over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. Flu season in this part of the country doesn’t tend to peak until February or even March, so there is still plenty of reason to get a flu   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 27, 2017

Super Bowl Picnic! Posted on Jan 27

Super Bowl Picnic!

Our much-beloved New England Patriots are contending for the Super Bowl again this year! And the big questions are…who will you watch the game with? What will the best commercial be?  And, let’s face it—what goodies are we going to eat? Back in the days   …Continue Reading Super Bowl Picnic!

When Offering Support, Keep Self-Care in Mind Posted on Jan 24

When Offering Support, Keep Self-Care in Mind

When a friend or loved one is suicidal, self-care often becomes an afterthought. In that moment of crisis, priorities change, focus shifts, and everything becomes about doing anything and everything possible to get that person the help they need. This shifting of focus and priorities   …Continue Reading When Offering Support, Keep Self-Care in Mind

Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2017 Posted on Jan 20

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days. We’ve seen these rates head up and down over the past few weeks, which is an indication of how unpredictable flu can be. Here in New England, most flu   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 20, 2017

Folic Acid for the Future! Posted on Jan 18

Folic Acid for the Future!

We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists!  But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list:   …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!

Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 Posted on Jan 13

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017

Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jan 11

The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical   …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting

Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! Posted on Jan 9

Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!

It’s January.  And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start   …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!

It’s Gloves Off When Operating Certain Machinery Posted on Jan 6

It’s Gloves Off When Operating Certain Machinery

For most people, wearing gloves is second nature as a way to protect your hands. But there’s an exception to every rule – and if you work with machinery that has rotating or moving parts that you could touch, wearing gloves while using this machinery   …Continue Reading It’s Gloves Off When Operating Certain Machinery

Weekly Flu Report, January 6, 2017 Posted on Jan 6

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight increase in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts in the past 7 days. Flu season in Massachusetts doesn’t tend to peak until February or even March, so there is still time to get a flu shot if you haven’t   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 6, 2017