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Summer Jobs for Teens: Can I Drive That? Posted on Jun 23

Summer Jobs for Teens: Can I Drive That?

Summer is finally here – which means teens are out of school and looking for summer jobs.  In the spirit of promoting healthy, safe jobs for our future workforce, here’s the question of the season: Can teens drive for work? Many employers, educators, parents, and   …Continue Reading Summer Jobs for Teens: Can I Drive That?

Tapping Into Social Media to Help Teens Recognize Workplace Safety Posted on Apr 8

Tapping Into Social Media to Help Teens Recognize Workplace Safety

On behalf of DPH and the many partners involved, congratulations to the teen winners and finalists of the 5th annual Safe Jobs for Youth Poster Contest! Last month’s award ceremony at the State House was inspiring as always. Seeing finalists and their families come together   …Continue Reading Tapping Into Social Media to Help Teens Recognize Workplace Safety

A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History Posted on Mar 24

A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History

Last week I was thrilled to join so many dedicated young people from all across the Commonwealth at my first Kick Butts Day at the State House. Kick Butts Day is an event that focuses on raising awareness on the dangers of tobacco–and how young   …Continue Reading A Youth-Led Movement to Make Smoking History

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

Kids with Asthma Can Be Active in Summer! Posted on Jul 24

Summer in New England is a brief but glorious time when many families experience a change in pace as schools let out and activities slow. Weeks that were once packed with classes, homework and practice are suddenly open for new activities. Whether these include summer   …Continue Reading Kids with Asthma Can Be Active in Summer!

Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens Posted on Sep 12

Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens

  Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health School is back in session, which can be a stressful time for teens and parents alike. The transition from a more relaxed summer schedule to a new school year, filled   …Continue Reading Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens

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

Comfort Zone Camp Helps Kids Grieve, Heal and Grow Posted on Aug 1

Comfort Zone Camp Helps Kids Grieve, Heal and Grow

   Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.   For over 13 years, Comfort Zone Camp has helped thousands of young people grieve, heal and grow. Comfort Zone Camp (CZC) is a nonprofit bereavement camp that transforms the   …Continue Reading Comfort Zone Camp Helps Kids Grieve, Heal and Grow

Gooooo, team! Posted on May 3

Gooooo, team!

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Growing up, I was always running around. Sitting still was never my forte (and it still isn’t). I found a productive way to channel my energy into sports, playing basketball, softball   …Continue Reading Gooooo, team!