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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Weekly Flu Report, January 31, 2014 Posted on Jan 31

As illustrated by this week’s flu report, rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts have once again increased over the past week and, as we know, flu activity can continue well into February and March.  That’s why we continue to encourage everyone six months or older in   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 31, 2014

Score Big with this Superbowl Healthy Recipe! Posted on Jan 28

Score Big with this Superbowl Healthy Recipe!

Super Bowl Sunday is not all about the game—it’s about the tasty food too! Kick off Super Bowl XLVII with some fun, festive, and nutritious foods to keep you focused. They say that defense wins games, so why not plan a successful defense against the   …Continue Reading Score Big with this Superbowl Healthy Recipe!

Weekly Flu Report, January 24, 2014 Posted on Jan 24

This week’s flu report shows that after the brief dip we saw over the past two weeks, the number of reported flu cases has once again begun to increase – a clear indication that flu is unpredictable and flu season is certainly not over yet. All   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 24, 2014

Weekly Flu Report, January 17, 2014 Posted on Jan 17

The latest weekly flu report shows that flu continues to circulate widely in our communities, which is in keeping with how flu typically spreads at this time of year in this part of the country. We can expect to see elevated levels of flu activity well   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 17, 2014

Discover New Ways to Appreciate Winter! Posted on Jan 16

Discover New Ways to Appreciate Winter!

“That’s it – I’m done with winter!” I grumbled to friends on a cold and rainy December morning in Pennsylvania. After over 20 winters filled with bitter winds, lingering brown slush, and hiding indoors, I decided to move to North Carolina for the warmer climate. Three   …Continue Reading Discover New Ways to Appreciate Winter!

How much is too much? Posted on Jan 16

How much is too much?

In a report released Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted that alcohol screening and counseling is an effective but underused health service.  In fact, only 1 in 6 adults in the United States reported discussing alcohol use with a health professional.   …Continue Reading How much is too much?

Go Smoke Free in 2014! Posted on Jan 14

Go Smoke Free in 2014!

New Year’s is a perfect time to set goals that aim at improving your physical and mental well-being. Adopting a healthy behavior can be a great way to start the year! Most people know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems.   …Continue Reading Go Smoke Free in 2014!

Weekly Flu Report, January 10, 2014 Posted on Jan 10

Rates of flu-like illness remain elevated in Massachusetts as noted in the latest weekly flu report. But even though flu season is definitely upon us there is still time to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot. There is still plenty of flu vaccine   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 10, 2014

Highlights of the January 8th Public Health Council Meeting Posted on Jan 8

Highlights of the January 8th Public Health Council Meeting

The agenda for today’s monthly meeting of the Public Health Council included a pair of Determination of Need requests from area health care facilities, and informational presentations and updates from two programs within the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality. The meeting began   …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 8th Public Health Council Meeting

You Can Prevent Birth Defects! Posted on Jan 7

You Can Prevent Birth Defects!

Did you know that many birth defects are preventable?  Every January, the National Birth Defects Prevention Network makes that message loud and clear by promoting January as Birth Defects Prevention Month.  It’s important information to know, since birth defects are:  ·         Common: 1 in every   …Continue Reading You Can Prevent Birth Defects!