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Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

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Falls among older adults (age 65+) are a major public health challenge.  In Massachusetts, there are nearly 50,000 emergency room visits each year for fall-related injuries.  These injuries, which can include broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, are also very expensive to treat. In 2014,   …Continue Reading Working Together to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults


Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained

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When you say ‘temp worker’, many people picture a receptionist filling in while a company’s employee is on vacation or out sick. Back in the day that was what the temp industry looked like. (I remember working as a temp in an office during summer   …Continue Reading Got Temp Workers? Make Sure They’re Trained


Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting

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The September 14th meeting of the Public Health Council included a vote on one Determination of Need request, followed by a series of information presentations on the current status of various proposed regulatory amendments. First, the Council took up a Determination of Need application from Nantucket   …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 14th Public Health Council Meeting


Seeing Clearly! – Your Child’s Vision

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Nearly 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. 1 in 20 children aged 3-5 years old have vision problems that could result in permanent eye damage and vision loss if left untreated. How do you know if your child is seeing clearly? Here are things   …Continue Reading Seeing Clearly! – Your Child’s Vision


One Conversation Can Save a Life

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 “If we are going to survive, we must build communities of caring and connection.” – Cecile Andrews September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and there is no better time to begin or renew our commitment to taking care of ourselves and each other. Too many   …Continue Reading One Conversation Can Save a Life


Memorable Milestones!

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Watching children learn and develop can be a wonderful thing and it is common for parents to wonder whether their child is developing as expected. Along with keeping up with regular doctor visits, there are several different ”milestones,” things that most children do by certain   …Continue Reading Memorable Milestones!


Ready for School? Check Those Vaccine Records!

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It’s Back To School season so make sure your child is up to date on all recommended vaccines. Getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health. Diseases can quickly   …Continue Reading Ready for School? Check Those Vaccine Records!


Getting on the Kale Kick!

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Some food trends come and go (sun dried tomatoes, anyone?), but hopefully kale is here to stay!  The popularity of this leafy green has exploded over the last several years, and with good reason.  Low in calories and rich in vitamins C, A and K,   …Continue Reading Getting on the Kale Kick!


Highlights of the August 23rd Public Health Council Meeting

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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured a series of Determination of Need (DoN) requests, informational updates on the status of various pending amendments to regulations, final votes on other amendments to regulations, and a pair of informational presentations on pressing public health   …Continue Reading Highlights of the August 23rd Public Health Council Meeting


Ensure a Healthy Future with Vaccines!

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Taking them to their sports physical, making sure they eat healthy and get plenty of sleep…you know these are crucial to your child’s health. But did you also you know your preteens and teens need vaccines to stay healthy and protected against serious diseases? There   …Continue Reading Ensure a Healthy Future with Vaccines!