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Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 Posted on Apr 18

This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities.   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014

A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community Posted on Apr 14

A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community

When it comes to our daily commute, we could all use a little inspiration. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to encourage employers in eastern Massachusetts to participate in the 2014 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge — an annual competition that encourages workers to use   …Continue Reading A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community

Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Apr 9

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included a series of Determination of Need (DON) requests, followed by a set of three of informational presentations on pending amendments to regulations. The Council took up deliberations for a series of three Determination of Need requests,   …Continue Reading Highlights of the April 9th Public Health Council Meeting

The Boston Marathon – Reflecting Back, Looking Forward Posted on Apr 7

The Boston Marathon – Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

Springtime has finally arrived in Massachusetts and with it the annual running of the Boston Marathon – an event which brings together people from all over the Commonwealth and all over the world to celebrate the spirit of athleticism and the achievement of every runner   …Continue Reading The Boston Marathon – Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

In Case You Missed It: White Ribbon Day 2014 Posted on Mar 26

In Case You Missed It: White Ribbon Day 2014

The first Thursday in March has been White Ribbon Day in Massachusetts for the past seven years – a  day for celebrating healthy masculinity and pledging to end violence against women. March 6th, 2014 was no different. On that day, a diverse group of artists,   …Continue Reading In Case You Missed It: White Ribbon Day 2014

Diabetes Alert Day – Are You at Risk? Take the Free Test to Find Out Posted on Mar 24

Diabetes Alert Day – Are You at Risk? Take the Free Test to Find Out

The American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day, held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day wake-up call encouraging everyone to take the Diabetes Risk Test. This test helps find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Risk Test is   …Continue Reading Diabetes Alert Day – Are You at Risk? Take the Free Test to Find Out

Weekly Flu Report, March 21, 2014 Posted on Mar 21

The latest weekly flu report shows a slight downward trend in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts. Flu can be unpredictable, though, and we can expect flu to continue to spread at some level in Massachusetts as we make our way through spring. That’s why it’s important   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, March 21, 2014

Support and Resources for Our Returning Veterans Posted on Mar 20

Support and Resources for Our Returning Veterans

Earlier this month I had an amazing opportunity to spend the day with nine wounded war heroes and their families at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC.  The resiliency that these veterans displayed was remarkable as they talked about their injuries and their progress towards   …Continue Reading Support and Resources for Our Returning Veterans

From Vision to Action: Making Teen Workplace Safety a Reality Posted on Mar 18

From Vision to Action: Making Teen Workplace Safety a Reality

Sometimes a visual is the best way to get a conversation going. Last week, room 437 at the State House was literally filled with conversation starters—posters designed by teens to spread the word on teen workplace safety. They were on display as part of an   …Continue Reading From Vision to Action: Making Teen Workplace Safety a Reality

Men Joining Together to Prevent Violence Against Women Posted on Mar 4

Violence against women is a serious public health issue – and men play an incredibly important role in its prevention. On Thursday, March 6th at the State House, Governor Patrick, along with men from across the state, will gather together for Massachusetts White Ribbon Day   …Continue Reading Men Joining Together to Prevent Violence Against Women