Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Hearty DPH congratulations go out to our partners in the cities of Cambridge and Fall River, who today received the inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize. Kudos also go out to the city of Somerville for being named a finalist in the competition. The Roadmaps to Health prize honors community partnerships across the nation which are helping people live healthier lives. You can learn more about the Roadmaps to Health prize here.
In receiving these honors, Cambridge and Fall River show that Massachusetts is leading the nation in communities making changes at the local level. Today’s news is especially significant when you consider the Foundation awarded only six Roadmaps to Health prizes in the entire United States! You can read more about the exciting work underway in Cambridge here, and in Fall River here.
The extra good news is that these two cities are not alone in their commitment to creating positive change at the local level. They’re joined by 50 other Mass in Motion communities working together to make the healthy choice the easy choice in Massachusetts. Mass in Motion is a statewide network of communities providing residents with opportunities to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work, and play. Learn more about Mass in Motion here.
Celebrate National Infant Immunization Week! posted on Apr 20
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is April 18-25, 2015. The Department of …Continue Reading Celebrate National Infant Immunization Week!
Weekly Flu Report, April 17, 2015 posted on Apr 17
The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness declined during the past seven days. This is in keeping with how flu season tends to wind down in New England at this time of year. You can help stop the spread of illness …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 17, 2015
Five Simple Ways to Reduce Stress! posted on Apr 13
After a long and gruesome winter, we’re all feeling a little bit stressed. Unfortunately, even without a record-breaking snowy winter, stress is an unavoidable part of life. But the good news is that there are simple ways to manage stress so it doesn’t impact our …Continue Reading Five Simple Ways to Reduce Stress!