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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

How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Posted on Apr 15

How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of cases of diabetes, in which blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, even among people   …Continue Reading How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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

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   …Continue Reading Save Money and Commute Green with MassRIDES

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

Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts! Posted on Mar 27

Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts!

Whether it’s a few dollars in your coat pocket or change in an old piggy bank, everyone loves finding forgotten money. The Commonwealth is currently holding more than $2.4 billion in unclaimed property, and according to the Massachusetts Unclaimed Property Division, under the Office of   …Continue Reading Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts!

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

Celebrate Massachusetts Women Posted on Mar 20

Celebrate Massachusetts Women

The birthplace of pioneering women’s rights advocates Abigail Adams and Susan B. Anthony, humanitarian Clara Barton, and famed poet Emily Dickinson, Massachusetts has no shortage of women deserving of spirited celebration. But while there are plenty of Commonwealth women in history who’ve made a difference   …Continue Reading Celebrate Massachusetts Women

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