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World “No Tobacco Day” Posted on May 30

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, an annual awareness day created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 to highlight the fact that tobacco use is deadly and that there are effective policies that reduce consumption. This year for World No Tobacco Day,   …Continue Reading World “No Tobacco Day”

Coming to a Farmers’ Market Near You — Fresh, Local Produce! Posted on Apr 25

Coming to a Farmers’ Market Near You — Fresh, Local Produce!

The village market’s teeming, once again with lively folk, as New England’s hardy souls are loosed from winter’s yoke.* If you’re like me, you felt as though winter would never end. And for those who relish wintertime, perhaps even they had a little too much   …Continue Reading Coming to a Farmers’ Market Near You — Fresh, Local Produce!

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

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

Pear-Apple Crisp Recipe (sugar-free*) Posted on Dec 13

Pear-Apple Crisp Recipe (sugar-free*)

Pear apple crisp recipe – a healthy dessert.

Weekly Flu Report, November 15th Posted on Nov 15

Welcome to the “Flu Facts” section of the Department of Public Health blog. Every week from now until the end of flu season, you’ll see the latest weekly data on the impact of influenza in Massachusetts. The weekly report is designed to provide a snapshot   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 15th

Taking the Longfellow Way Posted on Oct 8

Taking the Longfellow Way

As I go to check off the box, marked “Other,” to register my car-less commute for Walk/Ride Day, I look wistfully at the options listed there. Walking? Not a bad idea, but that might take too long. Rollerblading—sigh, won’t that impress friends and colleagues? Canoeing,   …Continue Reading Taking the Longfellow Way

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Posted on Sep 24

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

As with so many other forms of cancer, the key to successful treatment of ovarian cancer lies in early detection. That’s why the Department of Public Health joined with Senate President Therese Murray and other key stakeholders to proclaim September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.   …Continue Reading September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

The Greenway Posted on Sep 18

The Greenway

With apologies to Kermit the Frog, it is easy being green — or easier than it used to be, anyway. And a great way to be green in the Boston area is to take a ride, run, or stroll on the Neponset River Greenway Corridor. I’m   …Continue Reading The Greenway

It’s a Good Day for Hubway! Posted on Jul 22

It’s a Good Day for Hubway!

 By Mark Paskowsky Lately, I’ve been riding Hubway — Boston’s public bike sharing — to work nearly every day. It is very convenient — if you live within its geographic coverage, of course. No need to maintain your bike. No worries about your bike being   …Continue Reading It’s a Good Day for Hubway!