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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!


Massachusetts Breastfeeding Month!

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National Breastfeeding Month is here, and Massachusetts is joining the celebration—   Governor Baker has proclaimed August 2016 Massachusetts Breastfeeding Month!  Promoting and supporting breastfeeding is a key priority for health care providers and the Department of Public Health.  Breastfeeding protects against infection, promotes a healthy   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Breastfeeding Month!


Make Your Child’s Shots Less Stressful

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Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from serious diseases. Parents can provide the best protection by following the recommended immunization schedule – giving their child the vaccines they need, when they need them. Vaccines help protect babies and young children   …Continue Reading Make Your Child’s Shots Less Stressful


Your Pregnancy: Protecting Baby Starts Now

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Vaccines are an important component of a healthy pregnancy. Women should be up to date on their vaccines before becoming pregnant, and should receive vaccines against both the flu and whooping cough (pertussis) during pregnancy. These vaccines not only protect the mother by preventing illnesses   …Continue Reading Your Pregnancy: Protecting Baby Starts Now


Vaccines Are Not Just for Kids!

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National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives. All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Unfortunately, far too few adults are   …Continue Reading Vaccines Are Not Just for Kids!


Some Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury – But Employers Can Make a Difference

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In the six years from 2008 through 2013, 356 workers died on the job in Massachusetts.  This is about one worker every five days!  The MDPH CFOI and MA FACE projects developed this infographic to illustrate these tragic worker deaths and to underscore the human costs   …Continue Reading Some Workers Face Higher Risk of Injury – But Employers Can Make a Difference


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