Rates of flu-like illness across the Commonwealth remain low according to the latest flu report. Nevertheless, flu will likely pick up in the New Year so make sure you and your loved ones start 2016 fully vaccinated against the flu. There is plenty of vaccine still …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 24, 2015
Hi everyone and welcome back to another season’s worth of Weekly Flu Reports. Each Friday from now through May you can check back here to see the latest information on the impact of flu in communities across Massachusetts. To kick things off, the first Weekly …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 23, 2015
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” ~ Alfred Austin, poet Spring is a time of transitions. The snow has melted (finally!), …Continue Reading Growing Season is Here!
This week marks the commemoration of National LGBT Health Awareness Week. At DPH this is not only an occasion to celebrate the strides that we as a Commonwealth have made in reducing disparities in health care and health outcomes among people who identify as lesbian, …Continue Reading Working to Eliminate Health Disparities Among LGBT People
Last month, the Health Planning Council voted to approve the first section of the State Health Plan, which looks at behavioral health. The Health Planning Council was established by Chapter 224, a 2012 law that includes a variety of initiatives aimed at controlling health care …Continue Reading State Health Plan Looks at Capacity of Behavioral Health Care System
If you’re like me, and most other people, you celebrate food day each and every day. So, it’s natural to ask, “What’s the deal with Food Day?” It’s not a reminder to eat (yours truly has never needed a reminder!), but a chance to appreciate …Continue Reading FOOD DAY? ISN’T EVERY DAY FOOD DAY?
Heart attack and stroke contribute to the 800,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease every year in the U.S. The burden to families and communities is devastating, and medical costs and lost productivity total nearly $1 billion per day. To address this crisis, the United States Department …Continue Reading Million Hearts — Working to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke
This is a rough time of year for someone like me, as I try desperately to hold onto summer for as long as possible. I bristle at each and every reference to Labor Day, which now apparently serves as the bellwether of summer’s demise (it …Continue Reading HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES?
I don’t love working out. Physical activity is not something I crave, it’s something I have to make myself do. It’s always been a struggle for me to keep active, but throughout my life I’ve found things that worked for me: high school sports, going …Continue Reading Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me
Summer in New England When I think of summer — my favorite season, by the way — memories of summers past often come to mind. And my favorite warm-weather memories involve beach time with family, followed by a cookout. For me, there isn’t a better …Continue Reading Native Corn