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Making Your Summer POP!

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Few things are better than an ice-cold popsicle on a hot summer day!  I have vivid memories from my childhood running around through the sprinkler and various neighbors’ yards enjoying the summer sun.  At that age, having a messy red ring around your mouth from   …Continue Reading Making Your Summer POP!


Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces

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Wellness programs are good for business. They can lead to better performing workers, lower absenteeism and decreased healthcare and insurance costs. Now, small businesses can be rewarded for these efforts! The Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive gives small businesses in Massachusetts a state tax credit   …Continue Reading Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces


Climate and Health: We Track That!

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Extreme heat events are one of the most common causes of weather-related deaths in the United States – and the number of heat-related deaths is rising. More frequent and severe heat waves are likely to occur as climate change continues to change weather patterns. These   …Continue Reading Climate and Health: We Track That!


Water: We Track That!

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The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is helping us understand the relationship between our water and our health.  Improving our understanding of this relationship will help us protect our water and save lives.  We all need clean, safe water.  Drinking water from a private   …Continue Reading Water: We Track That!


Highlights of the July 13th Public Health Council Meeting

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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included one Determination of Need (DoN) request followed by informational updates on several pending proposed amendments to public health regulations. First, the Council took up a DoN request from North Shore Medical Center, Inc. for approval of   …Continue Reading Highlights of the July 13th Public Health Council Meeting


O Amor em Ação: apoiando-nos uns aos outros em tempos difíceis

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“A escuridão não pode expulsar a escuridão: apenas a luz pode fazer isso. O ódio não pode expulsar o ódio: apenas o amor pode fazer isso”. – Martin Luther King Jr. O que podemos fazer quando coisas horríveis acontecem? Uma tragédia como a que aconteceu   …Continue Reading O Amor em Ação: apoiando-nos uns aos outros em tempos difíceis


Amor en acción: apoyándonos unos a otros en tiempos difíciles

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“La oscuridad no puede expulsar a la oscuridad, sólo la luz puede hacer eso. El odio no puede desterrar al odio, sólo el amor puede hacer eso.” – Martin Luther King Jr. ¿Qué podemos hacer cuando ocurren cosas espantosas? Una tragedia como la de la   …Continue Reading Amor en acción: apoyándonos unos a otros en tiempos difíciles


Children’s Environmental Health: We Track That!

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The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHT) is helping us understand more about the relationship between children’s health and the environment.  The environment affects children differently than adults.  Because their bodies are still growing, children are at greater risk if they are exposed to   …Continue Reading Children’s Environmental Health: We Track That!


Community Design: We Track That!

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Community design refers to all the elements of a community that are human-made and form the physical characteristics of that community.  This includes buildings (schools, workplaces, and homes), roads, parks, recreation areas and transportation systems. The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHT) contains data   …Continue Reading Community Design: We Track That!


Outdoor Air Pollution: We Track That!

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Check out the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network!  The Tracking Network is helping us better understand the relationship between health and air pollution.  For example, asthma is a disease that can affect your lungs and make breathing difficult.  In the United States, about 25   …Continue Reading Outdoor Air Pollution: We Track That!