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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Weekly Flu Report, April 27, 2018 Posted on Apr 27

Rates of flu-like illness ticked slightly downward in the past seven days, as compared to the previous week, according to the latest weekly flu report. You can view the report.

Honoring Workers’ Memorial Day 2018 Posted on Apr 27

Honoring Workers' Memorial Day 2018

The average person spends about 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. Each year, approximately 67 Massachusetts workers never return home from work. The victims of these workplace deaths often leave behind grieving families and loved ones who struggle to carry on. Workers’ Memorial Day,   …Continue Reading Honoring Workers’ Memorial Day 2018

Constipation Concerns for Children: Diet and Activity Can Help! Posted on Apr 25

Constipation Concerns for Children:  Diet and Activity Can Help!

  By Rachel Colchamiro and Cara D’Anello Believe it or not, constipation is a pretty popular topic of conversation among parents of young children—at least it was in my house when my kids were little!  It’s tough to know when things are normal or when   …Continue Reading Constipation Concerns for Children: Diet and Activity Can Help!

Parents: Why It’s Best to Follow the Recommended Immunization Schedule Posted on Apr 23

Parents: Why It’s Best to Follow the Recommended Immunization Schedule

Most parents vaccinate their children according to CDC’s recommended immunization schedule, protecting them from 14 potentially serious diseases before their second birthday. We are lucky in Massachusetts that we have high vaccination coverage for the majority of recommended vaccines. In fact, for children 19-35 months of   …Continue Reading Parents: Why It’s Best to Follow the Recommended Immunization Schedule

Weekly Flu Report, April 20, 2018 Posted on Apr 20

Rates of flu-like illness rose slightly over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. There is still flu vaccine available if you have not gotten a flu shot. Call your healthcare provider or visit https://vaccinefinder.org which offers listings for local boards of health   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 20, 2018

Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work Posted on Apr 19

Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work

The topic of sexual harassment has received increased visibility in recent months. The #metoo and #timesup movements have inspired many people of all ages to speak about their experiences of sexual violence on social media. Some who have read and shared these stories remember a time in   …Continue Reading Help Your Teen Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment at Work

Weekly Flu Report, April 13, 2018 Posted on Apr 13

The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days. We can expect flu to continue to circulate in our communities even well into spring, and there is still flu vaccine available if you have not gotten   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 13, 2018

Step in to Spring with Swiss Chard! Posted on Apr 10

Step in to Spring with Swiss Chard!

By Stephanie Harshman and Terri Mendoza Spring is here and that means it is time to start getting excited for longer days, sunshine, and fresh, flavorful vegetables! One of my favorites is Swiss chard. Here is a quick look at this versatile leafy green! The   …Continue Reading Step in to Spring with Swiss Chard!

Weekly Flu Report, April 6, 2018 Posted on Apr 6

Rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts increased slightly in the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. Flu vaccine continues to be available – call your health care provider or visit https://vaccinefinder.org which offers listings for local boards of health and pharmacies that currently   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 6, 2018

Highlights of the April 4th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Apr 4

The April monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a pair of Determination of Need (DON) requests followed by a vote by the Council on the recission of specific regulations related to the construction of long-term care facilities. First, the Council took up consideration   …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 4th Public Health Council Meeting