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The Write Stuff: Writing Your Way to Wellness

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“We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We write because writing is good for the soul…” – Author Julia Cameron When you’re in need of guidance, find direction at the tip of your   …Continue Reading The Write Stuff: Writing Your Way to Wellness


A Taste of India for Special Occasions!

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At WIC, we are very fortunate to have so many staff members from different countries and cultures.  In this week’s blog, Kinnari Chitalia, RD, LDN, CLC, Nutritionist at the Dorchester North WIC Program, shares a favorite recipe that can be made at any time, but   …Continue Reading A Taste of India for Special Occasions!


Working to Eliminate Health Disparities Among LGBT People

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This week marks the commemoration of National LGBT Health Awareness Week. At DPH this is not only an occasion to celebrate the strides that we as a Commonwealth have made in reducing disparities in health care and health outcomes among people who identify as lesbian,   …Continue Reading Working to Eliminate Health Disparities Among LGBT People


Weekly Flu Report, March 27, 2015

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The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in the Commonwealth over the past seven days, which is consistent with what we would expect to see at this point of flu season. Flu does however continue to be present   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 27, 2015


A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History

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Last week I was thrilled to join so many dedicated young people from all across the Commonwealth at my first Kick Butts Day at the State House. Kick Butts Day is an event that focuses on raising awareness on the dangers of tobacco–and how young   …Continue Reading A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History


Weekly Flu Report, March 20, 2015

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The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness increased slightly in the past seven days, following several weeks of declining numbers. This is in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu, and is an indication that flu continues to spread in our   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 20, 2015


National Nutrition Month

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March is National Nutrition Month!  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors this campaign each year, encouraging people to make informed food choices and get daily physical activity. This year, the theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” Small, bite sized changes are all it   …Continue Reading National Nutrition Month


Weekly Flu Report, March 13, 2015

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Although the weather this week may have felt like Spring , this week’s flu report shows flu-like illness continues to circulate in our communities. Therefore, it is important for everyone to keep taking simple steps to protect themselves and their families from getting sick. This means, stay home from   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 13, 2015


Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, March 11, 2015

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The March meeting of the Public Health Council featured a new Chair, the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, and several informational presentations to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. Dr. Monica Bharel, the recently appointed DPH Commissioner chaired her first meeting of the Public   …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, March 11, 2015


Weekly Flu Report, March 6, 2015

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The latest weekly flu report shows that rates of flu-like illness have continued to decline over the past seven days. This is consistent with what would be expected at this time of year. However flu is still circulating in our communities, so please stay home from school or   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 6, 2015