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MassHealth for Seniors: Information About Available Options Posted on Mar 25

MassHealth for Seniors: Information About Available Options

What comes to mind when you hear “MassHealth”? Some people may think of it as a transitional health insurance program or one that helps people with disabilities and other longer-term health needs. But what many don’t know is that MassHealth, which is administered by the   …Continue Reading MassHealth for Seniors: Information About Available Options

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 (DPH), 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   …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

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

Should You Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer? Posted on Mar 10

Should You Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer in Massachusetts, so it’s important to understand the risks, symptoms, and ways to prevent it. The Department of Public Health (DPH) is working to reduce cancer rates in the Commonwealth by spreading awareness and supporting public   …Continue Reading Should You Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer?

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

Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips Posted on Mar 5

Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips

Healthy eating is essential for a better quality of life, and following proper nutrition guidelines can help you feel more energetic, control your weight, and reduce your risk of certain diseases. With these five tips from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS)   …Continue Reading Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips

Caring for Elders Resources Posted on Feb 27

Caring for Elders Resources

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), more than 65 million Americans act as unpaid caregivers for a family member, and the average age of an adult who receives assistance is 69 years old. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs (ELD), primarily through the   …Continue Reading Caring for Elders Resources

Glaucoma: What to Know and How to Help Posted on Feb 24

Glaucoma: What to Know and How to Help

Approximately 2.7 million people in the United States have glaucoma, according to the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), and many of them experience partial or total vision loss. The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers a number of resources for employers,   …Continue Reading Glaucoma: What to Know and How to Help

Take Care of Your Heart: Prevent Heart Disease Posted on Feb 20

Take Care of Your Heart: Prevent Heart Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than half a million Americans die from heart disease, making it the number one cause of death for both men and women. The Commonwealth strives to educate and inform residents about the   …Continue Reading Take Care of Your Heart: Prevent Heart Disease