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Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 24

Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts

Having a pet is a privilege that comes with responsibilities. Maintaining your pet’s health, ensuring it has the proper identification, and making sure to clean up after it benefits you, your pet, and the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) , the Department   …Continue Reading Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts

Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 23

Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts

More than 844,000 couples divorced in the United States in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The divorce process varies between states, and you must meet certain requirements to file in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Court System (MCS) and the Department of Revenue (DOR)   …Continue Reading Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts

Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 17

Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts

Massachusetts was among the first places in the world to eliminate smallpox through the use of vaccines, according to the state’s Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response, and Services. With this precedent in mind, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) created   …Continue Reading Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts

Join Massachusetts in Celebrating Early Learning: Brain Building in Progress Week Posted on Apr 10

Join Massachusetts in Celebrating Early Learning: Brain Building in Progress Week

A mind-boggling fact: During the first years of a child’s life, his or her brain will form more than 700 neural connections every second. Acknowledging that every moment in a young child’s life can be an opportunity to make the most of his or her   …Continue Reading Join Massachusetts in Celebrating Early Learning: Brain Building in Progress Week

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month Posted on Apr 9

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every child has the right to a happy, healthy life. Children’s safety is not only a main concern for parents and caregivers, but for the Commonwealth as well. Since 1983, the month of April has been designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month to spread   …Continue Reading April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children Posted on Apr 1

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

Struggling with a daily fitness routine? You’re not alone. One in four Massachusetts middle school and high school students, and more than half of all adults in the state, are obese or overweight. The good news is that engaging in physical activity and reaching a   …Continue Reading Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home Posted on Mar 27

How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home

Poisoning is a serious issue in the United States, especially for young children. Every 13 seconds, a poison control center receives a phone call reporting exposure to toxic chemicals or substances, and more than 90 percent of these occurrences happen at home, according to the   …Continue Reading How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home

Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children Posted on Mar 19

Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children

According to the Office of Oral Health, a division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Approximately 48 percent of third graders in the Commonwealth have experienced tooth decay, which can affect more than their smiles.   …Continue Reading Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast Posted on Mar 18

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast

School breakfast gets an A+, according to the Breakfast for Learning report conducted by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). A healthy morning meal at school helps improve children’s academic performance, from their scores on standardized tests to their memory and comprehension. In addition, well-fed   …Continue Reading Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here Posted on Feb 25

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here

It might feel as though winter will never end in Massachusetts, but there’s already one sure sign of an imminent thaw — maple sugaring season. Farmers across the state are getting ready for the warmer days but still-freezing nights that get the sap running, usually   …Continue Reading Maple Sugaring Season Is Here