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Clean Beaches Week: 6 Ways to Protect the Coast Posted on Jun 26

Clean Beaches Week: 6 Ways to Protect the Coast

Did you know that the Massachusetts coastline is expansive enough to cover the distance from Boston to Miami on Interstate 95? Learn how you can help preserve over 1,500 miles of the Commonwealth’s coast during Clean Beaches Week, July 1–7. Read these useful tips from   …Continue Reading Clean Beaches Week: 6 Ways to Protect the Coast

The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts Posted on May 12

The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts

Whether you’re biking to get in shape, get to work, or have some fun, the Commonwealth has something to offer you. The Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), and the Department of   …Continue Reading The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts

Rabies in Massachusetts: What You Should Know Posted on Apr 30

Rabies in Massachusetts: What You Should Know

Rabies may be found in a variety of animals native to the Commonwealth, including raccoons, skunks, bats, woodchucks, and foxes. These animals can infect humans and pets, so residents should understand the symptoms of rabies in Massachusetts wildlife and stay clear of possibly infected animals.

Save Money and Commute Green with MassRIDES Posted on Apr 2

Save Money and Commute Green with MassRIDES

According to a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the average commuter releases 23.3 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air on every drive-alone trip to work. That’s more than 5,500 pounds a year. You can help improve Massachusetts’ air quality and save money at   …Continue Reading Save Money and Commute Green with MassRIDES

Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free Posted on Mar 13

Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation & Prevention Program (MTCP), part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), tackles this issue by promoting tips for kicking the   …Continue Reading Making Massachusetts Smoke-Free

How You Can Reduce Asthma Symptoms at Home and Work Posted on Mar 6

How You Can Reduce Asthma Symptoms at Home and Work

More than 75 percent of adults with asthma either have poor control over their symptoms or no control at all, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Asthma Advocacy Partnership (MAAP). Asthma attacks can range from mild to severe, but   …Continue Reading How You Can Reduce Asthma Symptoms at Home and Work

Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers Posted on Jan 15

You don’t have to smoke or be exposed to second-hand smoke to get lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year. One in four homes in Massachusetts has the potential to   …Continue Reading Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers

Composting Yard Waste for Fall Posted on Sep 25

Composting Yard Waste for Fall

Whether you love the colorful foliage or Halloween fun, fall is a beautiful time in Massachusetts.  This year, when the leaves begin to fall, consider making composting part of your autumn routine. Composting is the decomposition of organic material such as leaves or food waste.   …Continue Reading Composting Yard Waste for Fall

Massachusetts Hunter Education Courses Posted on Sep 19

Massachusetts Hunter Education Courses

Massachusetts offers diverse wildlife for hunting. However, before residents and visitors can take on the outdoors, they must first receive the proper training to obtain a hunting license. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) provides hunter education courses that are free, open to   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Hunter Education Courses

Staying Safe with Hazardous Waste Posted on Aug 14

Hazardous waste exists in liquid, solid, gas, and sludge form, and can be harmful to both your health and the environment. While we commonly think of chemical plants and factories as the sources of such waste, certain hazardous materials can be found in many Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Staying Safe with Hazardous Waste