Healthy Food Initiatives

Making healthier foods are more accessible in the retail food environment, especially among under-served populations is an important public health goal. The healthy choice should be the easy choice – the default choice.

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Tobacco Control

Despite substantial gains made to tobacco control efforts over that past several decades, smoking remains the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease in the nation. In Massachusetts, we  changed social norms surrounding tobacco, but there is much more to do to eliminate the epidemic of tobacco and nicotine use.

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In November 2012, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana ballot initiative. The vote was 63% to 37%, with only 2 municipalities voting against it. The MDPH was charged with promulgating regulations relative to medical marijuana and administering a distribution program.

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MASS in Motion

Mass in Motion is a statewide movement that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living. Working with communities, schools, childcare centers, and businesses to create changes that make it easy for people to eat better and move more, MASS in Motion helps residents to eat healthy and live well.

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Massachusetts Association of Health Boards

MAHB’s mission is to assist and support boards of health in meeting their statutory and service responsibilities, through programs of education, technical assistance, representation, and resource development.

Massachusetts Boards of Health are responsible under general laws, state and local regulations, for disease prevention and control, health and environmental protection, and promoting a healthy community.

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PERRCs Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

The PERRCs toolkit inventory presents toolkits developed by the Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRCs) that are freely available for use and that can be implemented with limited support from the toolkits developers. This inventory was developed...

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22nd Annual MAHB Certificate Program

Save these dates  for the 22nd MAHB Fall Certificate Program  November 4th, 2017 Marlborough Holiday Inn,  November 18th Taunton Holiday Inn. Please send suggestions for workshop topics and speakers to MAHB

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Tobacco Maps of Massachusetts

The two maps below display the key tobacco control regulations and smoking rates of cities and towns in Massachusetts. Tobacco Regulations in Massachusetts: This map displays the cities and towns in Massachusetts that have passed key retail tobacco regulation....

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