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Yearly Archives: 2013

The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy Posted on Nov 14

The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy

We tend to feel like we’re measured by how busy and productive we are. Why are these terms the gold standard of our value, and what if we measured our productivity and success in other ways – say by the quality of our relationships, our   …Continue Reading The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy

Highlights of the November 13th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Nov 13

Highlights of the November 13th Public Health Council Meeting

This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured discussions on a wide range of topics, including three Determination of Need (DoN) requests from area health care facilities; a series of proposed amendments to existing public health regulations; and an update for the Council on   …Continue Reading Highlights of the November 13th Public Health Council Meeting

Encouraging Young Readers Posted on Nov 12

Encouraging Young Readers

Each year, Massachusetts celebrates Family Literacy Month to honor parents, teachers, schools and communities for their efforts in making Massachusetts children skilled and enthusiastic readers.  During this celebration many schools, libraries and learning centers statewide offer activities such as family book nights, storytelling and sing-alongs.   …Continue Reading Encouraging Young Readers

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month! Posted on Nov 4

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

Peanut butter is one of America’s favorite foods. It’s used in hundreds of different recipes, from Thai peanut sauce to classic peanut butter cookies. November 4, 2013 marks the 118th anniversary for the patent for peanut butter in 1895. Americans loves peanut butter so much   …Continue Reading November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

¡Un Halloween saludable! Posted on Oct 31

Halloween es uno de los días más dulces del año. Para la mayoría de nosotros, niños y adultos, Halloween es una excusa para disfrutar con una gran cantidad de dulces.   Afortunadamente, este día escalofriante puede ser saludable y a la misma vez divertido.  Se preguntará   …Continue Reading ¡Un Halloween saludable!

Halloween Safety Tips! Posted on Oct 24

Halloween Safety Tips!

Trick or treat! It’s that time of the year again, when kids hit the streets in their spookiest costumes in search of sweet goodies and holiday fun. Halloween can be a stressful time for parents, as we worry about our children’s safety. Whether your child   …Continue Reading Halloween Safety Tips!

Self-Acceptance: The Key to Being True to Ourselves Posted on Oct 24

Self-Acceptance: The Key to Being True to Ourselves

“I wish I was built like Ryan Gosling.” “When am I going to get that job promotion?” “She looks so fit in her vacation pictures.” “If only I had those new shoes I saw at the store.” “I hate my calves.” “I’ll be happy when…”   …Continue Reading Self-Acceptance: The Key to Being True to Ourselves

A Healthier Halloween! Posted on Oct 21

A Healthier Halloween!

Halloween is one of the sweetest days of the year. For most of us—children AND adults—Halloween is an excuse to indulge in a frightening amount of candy. Fortunately, this spooky day can be healthier and still be fun. How?  Read on! ·         Hand out non-food   …Continue Reading A Healthier Halloween!

Highlights from the October 16th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Oct 16

Highlights from the October 16th Public Health Council Meeting

The October 16th monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request from an area health care facility, followed by a pair of updates for Council members on the status of proposed amendments to regulations, and finally an   …Continue Reading Highlights from the October 16th Public Health Council Meeting

Taking the Longfellow Way Posted on Oct 8

Taking the Longfellow Way

As I go to check off the box, marked “Other,” to register my car-less commute for Walk/Ride Day, I look wistfully at the options listed there. Walking? Not a bad idea, but that might take too long. Rollerblading—sigh, won’t that impress friends and colleagues? Canoeing,   …Continue Reading Taking the Longfellow Way