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Weekly Flu Report, May 20, 2016

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Rates of flu-like illness continued to decline over the past seven days, according the latest weekly flu report. The report can be viewed here.


Snacking Made Easy… But Is It Too Easy?

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By: Rachel Colchamiro and Louisa Paine My kids haven’t been toddlers in many years, but I am lucky to have a few nieces and nephews to enjoy watching go through that stage all over again.  As a nutritionist, I probably pay more attention to food   …Continue Reading Snacking Made Easy… But Is It Too Easy?


EPHT Community Profiles: An Environmental Health Snapshot of Your Community

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Welcome to the world of Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) created as part of a national effort by The Centers for Disease Control to make environmental and health data more readily available to the public.   The Massachusetts EPHT program is happy to announce the release   …Continue Reading EPHT Community Profiles: An Environmental Health Snapshot of Your Community


Weekly Flu Report, May 13, 2016

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The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness continued to decline over the past seven days. The full report can be viewed here.


Highlights of the May 11th Public Health Council Meeting

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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included discussions on a series of Determination of Need (DoN) requests followed by informational presentations on the status of a number of proposed amendments to public health regulations. First the Council took up a pair of DoN   …Continue Reading Highlights of the May 11th Public Health Council Meeting


Cinco de Mayo Easy Layered Taco Salad

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By Chloe Davis With summer in Boston just around the corner, we have many reasons to celebrate: warm weather, sunshine, farmers’ markets…maybe even summer vacation! Make your fiesta the freshest one out there with this healthy layered taco salad. Have your children help you wash   …Continue Reading Cinco de Mayo Easy Layered Taco Salad


Yoga for Overall Health!

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Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in India. There are a broad variety of schools, practices, and goals, and yoga is now practiced throughout the world. While the goals and practices of yoga may differ, what is shared is the mental,   …Continue Reading Yoga for Overall Health!


Weekly Flu Report, April 29, 2016

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Rates of flu-like illness rose slightly in the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. Flu vaccination opportunities continue to be available in your community – call your health care provider or local board of health, or visit a pharmacy near you.


Let’s Keep Workers Safe: Plan. Provide. Train.

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Today is Workers’ Memorial Day — the international day to remember workers who were injured, disabled, made unwell, or who died on the job. In just a six-year-period, in Massachusetts, 356 workers died on the job (2008-2013). These workers were our family members, friends and neighbors   …Continue Reading Let’s Keep Workers Safe: Plan. Provide. Train.


Vegetable Makhanwala

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Back by popular demand, Kinnari Chitalia, RD, LDN, CLC, a nutritionist at the Dorchester North WIC Program, shares this mouthwatering favorite! This is a popular traditional dish in the northern part of India.  Its name refers to a creamy dish mixed with vegetables and aromatic   …Continue Reading Vegetable Makhanwala