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Clearing the Path to Fall River’s Cook Pond Posted on Nov 29

Clearing the Path to Fall River’s Cook Pond

Sometimes natural resources for physical activity and recreation are sitting idle in your own backyard – just waiting for a path to be cleared so you can access it! This was the case for Cook Pond; resting with a 3 mile circumference in the South End of Fall River, MA. Until recently, it had been a hidden gem completely surrounded by an old Mill building, housing, high rises, and Henry Lord Middle School.

Breathing Easy – Physical Activity for Kids with Asthma Posted on Aug 29

Breathing Easy – Physical Activity for Kids with Asthma

Posted by Jean Zotter, JD Jean is the Director of the Asthma Prevention and Control Program It’s no secret that physical activity during childhood is important for a healthy future. It’s also no secret that it is often easier said than done, thanks to our   …Continue Reading Breathing Easy – Physical Activity for Kids with Asthma

Keep Moving, all the way into Autumn Posted on Aug 8

Keep Moving, all the way into Autumn

  Posted by Ed Pomfred, R.N. Ed Pomfred is the Director of the Keep Moving Program, Healthy Aging and Disability Unit.        Sometimes, as people grow older, they can start to become less active. The truth is that, as an older adult, its   …Continue Reading Keep Moving, all the way into Autumn

Dad: The Ultimate Play Partner Posted on Jun 14

Dad: The Ultimate Play Partner

Posted by Ted Clark Ted is the Communications Director for the Heart Disease and Stroke Program   This Father’s Day, I want to give a shout-out to all the great Dads and Grandpas out there. Not only is this a time for us to show   …Continue Reading Dad: The Ultimate Play Partner

Keep it moving in small spaces Posted on May 2

Keep it moving in small spaces

  Posted by Anne Hemmer, RD, LDN, MS Anne is the Coordinator of the MA Children at Play Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.     If you think a small living space or yard means no room for physical activity, think again!   …Continue Reading Keep it moving in small spaces

Being Active: A Natural Mood Enhancer Posted on Feb 29

Being Active: A Natural Mood Enhancer

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Being active isn’t just for maintaining a healthy weight. It also reduces your risk for all kinds of chronic diseases and helps you feel more confident. What’s more, being physically active   …Continue Reading Being Active: A Natural Mood Enhancer

Helping kids move their way through winter Posted on Jan 31

Helping kids move their way through winter

  Posted by Anne Hemmer, RD, LDN, MS Anne is the Coordinator of the MA Children at Play Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.     When you picture outdoor activities you can do with your kids, do you automatically imagine a warm,   …Continue Reading Helping kids move their way through winter

Everybody Dance Now! Posted on Jan 18

Everybody Dance Now!

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The feelings I get from a night of dancing are like no other – freedom, expression, joy. That’s because dance, when combined with music, is just that powerful in promoting a   …Continue Reading Everybody Dance Now!

Family, Fun and Food: Making meals enjoyable! Posted on Dec 13

Family, Fun and Food: Making meals enjoyable!

  Posted by Anne Hemmer, RD, LDN, MS Anne is the Coordinator of the MA Children at Play Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.       When you have kids, pulling together a family meal can get stressful. Yet starting good eating   …Continue Reading Family, Fun and Food: Making meals enjoyable!

14 Weeks to a Healthier You: The Halfway Point Posted on Dec 6

14 Weeks to a Healthier You: The Halfway Point

  Posted by Rachel Tanenhaus, MPH Rachel is a Program Coordinator for the Healthy Aging and Disability Unit at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.     It’s been two months since I blogged about starting the 14 Weeks to a Healthier You program at   …Continue Reading 14 Weeks to a Healthier You: The Halfway Point