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Women Leading the Way to Wellness

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Earlier this week I was honored to be recognized at the American Cancer Society’s inaugural Women Leading the Way to Wellness event in Boston. The goal of the event was to focus on the critical role that women play in the prevention and early detection   …Continue Reading Women Leading the Way to Wellness


Staying Healthy During Pregnancy!

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By Suzi Hinck, Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University and Dietetic Intern, Massachusetts WIC Program Are you pregnant?  Congratulations!  So am I!  It’s an exciting and busy time between thinking of names, buying baby clothes, books, and toys, and thinking ahead to my baby’s arrival.   …Continue Reading Staying Healthy During Pregnancy!


10 Foods That Fight Stress

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The holidays can be a time of fun, joy, and excitement with the festivities, decorations, and for many of us, time off to relax and recharge. The season can also bring mental and physical stress, be it traveling, spending time with family, and/or extra financial   …Continue Reading 10 Foods That Fight Stress


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