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Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2014 Posted on Nov 21

This week’s flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness remained relatively stable as compared to last week’s numbers. It’s safe to say that we’ll see these rates rise in the coming weeks and months – and with the holiday season approaching, now’s a great time   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 21, 2014

Weekly Flu Report, November 14, 2014 Posted on Nov 17

The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in the rate of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past seven days. This is to be expected at this time of year in New England, and it’s a great reminder that if you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, there   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, November 14, 2014

SANE: Providing Comprehensive Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault Posted on Nov 5

The Department of Public Health has worked for many years to prevent sexual violence and provide assistance to survivors through our Division of Injury Prevention.  But sadly, sexual assault—a crime of power and control— still happens all too frequently. Today I’m writing about the Massachusetts   …Continue Reading SANE: Providing Comprehensive Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault

FOOD DAY? ISN’T EVERY DAY FOOD DAY? Posted on Oct 24

FOOD DAY?   ISN’T EVERY DAY FOOD DAY?

If you’re like me, and most other people, you celebrate food day each and every day. So, it’s natural to ask, “What’s the deal with Food Day?” It’s not a reminder to eat (yours truly has never needed a reminder!), but a chance to appreciate   …Continue Reading FOOD DAY? ISN’T EVERY DAY FOOD DAY?

Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke Posted on Oct 20

Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

Heart attack and stroke contribute to the 800,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease every year in the U.S. The burden to families and communities is devastating, and medical costs and lost productivity total nearly $1 billion per day. To address this crisis, the United States Department   …Continue Reading Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

A Community Partnership to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults Posted on Sep 24

A Community Partnership to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

Each year in the United States, one out of every three adults age 65 and over experiences a fall. And in Massachusetts, every 13 minutes (on average) an older adult requires treatment in an emergency room for fall-related injuries. The human toll of these injuries   …Continue Reading A Community Partnership to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES? Posted on Sep 19

HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES?

This is a rough time of year for someone like me, as I try desperately to hold onto summer for as long as possible. I bristle at each and every reference to Labor Day, which now apparently serves as the bellwether of summer’s demise (it   …Continue Reading HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES?

Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me Posted on Sep 10

Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me

I don’t love working out. Physical activity is not something I crave, it’s something I have to make myself do. It’s always been a struggle for me to keep active, but throughout my life I’ve found things that worked for me: high school sports, going   …Continue Reading Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me

Mass WIC Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary! Posted on Sep 8

Mass WIC Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary!

I recently had the distinct pleasure of helping the Massachusetts Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program celebrate its 40th anniversary at a gala event at the State House. So it seems there’s no time like the present to take a few moments to look   …Continue Reading Mass WIC Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary!

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