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Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2014

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This week’s flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness remained relatively stable as compared to last week’s numbers. It’s safe to say that we’ll see these rates rise in the coming weeks and months – and with the holiday season approaching, now’s a great time   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2014


The Holidays Are Fast Approaching!

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The holiday season brings a lot of fun, but can be stressful at times. Try focusing on seeing things through your child’s eyes. Chances are the traditions and memories you make are what children will grow up to remember, not the gifts or fancy meals.   …Continue Reading The Holidays Are Fast Approaching!


Weekly Flu Report, November 14, 2014

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The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in the rate of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past seven days. This is to be expected at this time of year in New England, and it’s a great reminder that if you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, there   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 14, 2014


A Vital Partnership Between Public Health and Community Development

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Some see transportation, housing, agriculture, and community and economic development as non-traditional partners when it comes to community planning.  But here at DPH we see them as a natural fit. That’s because if we’re going to increase opportunities for active living and healthy eating –   …Continue Reading A Vital Partnership Between Public Health and Community Development


Highlights of the November 12th Public Health Council Meeting

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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured an informational presentation for Council members on current Department activities, a briefing on pending proposed amendments to existing regulations, and final votes on revisions to two existing regulation as well as the creation of a new   …Continue Reading Highlights of the November 12th Public Health Council Meeting


Weekly Flu Report, November 7, 2014

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This week’s flu report shows a slight increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state. We can expect these numbers to rise as flu season gets underway, so there is no time like the present to get vaccinated against the flu – it’s the   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 7, 2014


SANE: Providing Comprehensive Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault

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The Department of Public Health has worked for many years to prevent sexual violence and provide assistance to survivors through our Division of Injury Prevention.  But sadly, sexual assault—a crime of power and control— still happens all too frequently. Today I’m writing about the Massachusetts   …Continue Reading SANE: Providing Comprehensive Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault


How to Plan for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is a special time for giving thanks and spending time with loved ones. As the holiday approaches, aren’t we all dreading, the daunting task of hosting the perfect dinner? The highlight of Thanksgiving is, of course, the enormous feast; so plan ahead for a   …Continue Reading How to Plan for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving!


Weekly Flu Report, October 31, 2014

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Welcome to the “Flu Facts” section of the Department of Public Health blog. Every week from now until the end of flu season, you’ll see the latest weekly data on the impact of influenza in Massachusetts. The weekly report is designed to provide a snapshot   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 31, 2014


Just 5 Minutes in the Morning for a Smoother Day

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Perhaps your morning routine goes something like this: Jolt awake with a beeping alarm, brush your teeth, take a shower, eat breakfast, feed the cat, and rush out the door to make your train and get to work on time. This is quite a stressful   …Continue Reading Just 5 Minutes in the Morning for a Smoother Day