Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
We've begun to see an uptick in flu rates in Massachusetts, according to the latest weekly flu report (Word, PDF). If this flu season is like most previous ones, we can expect to see flu rates continue on the upswing into the new year, and not even peak until late February or March. The good news is that there continues to be plenty of flu vaccine available and it's absolutely not too late to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot. Call your health care provider to make an appointment, or search for a convenient local flu vaccination clinic near you at www.mylocalclinic.com.
Promoting the Role of Health in Transportation Planning posted on Aug 21
In June 2009, Governor Deval Patrick signed the Transportation Reform Law, landmark legislation that established the Healthy Transportation Compact. The primary goal of the law was to consolidate all transportation agencies in the Commonwealth and reduce duplicative policies, enhance planning initiatives, improve public health outcomes …Continue Reading Promoting the Role of Health in Transportation Planning
Native Corn posted on Aug 20
Summer in New England When I think of summer — my favorite season, by the way — memories of summers past often come to mind. And my favorite warm-weather memories involve beach time with family, followed by a cookout. For me, there isn’t a better …Continue Reading Native Corn
Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun posted on Aug 19
Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? Take them to a farmers’ market! With more and more markets featuring demonstrations, music and other entertainment, it’s a great family outing. As an added bonus, bringing your children to a farmers’ market may …Continue Reading Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun