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The city of Cambridge has decreased the target fluoride concentration in Cambridge drinking water by 30%, in accordance with new federal guidance.
The Cambridge Public Health Department modified the algal bloom advisory to include only the area of the Charles River from the Harvard Bridge (near Massachusetts Ave.) to the Museum of Science Dam.
Water samples collected on Aug. 17 at the Weld Boathouse and the public dock near Community Boating showed that levels of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) had decreased and were now below the state's guideline level. Microcystin toxins—commonly released by cyanobacteria—were not detected in any Charles River water samples taken this week or last.
In response to the opioid public health emergency in Massachusetts, a four-city coalition is working together on strategies to prevent overdoses and raise awareness about prescription opioid safety.
The Cambridge Public Health Department recommends that people and pets avoid contact with a potentially harmful algal bloom that formed in the Charles River basin last week.
State health officials reported on July 30 that four mosquito samples in Cambridge had tested positive for West Nile virus.
The newly released 2015 City of Cambridge Community Health Improvement Plan will set the city’s health agenda for the next five years.
The Cambridge City Council has enacted the most comprehensive changes to the city’s tobacco laws since 2003. The new changes, which take effect June 1, include prohibitions on the sale of flavored tobacco products and smoking in smaller parks and tot lots.
The Cambridge Public Health Department, through its Let’s Move Cambridge and Cambridge in Motion campaigns, has awarded ten $500 mini-grants to local organizations to develop activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity.
Cambridge Health Alliance’s Victims of Violence Program is offering crisis intervention services to people impacted by the Nepal earthquake.
The Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council has been recognized as a 2015 “Bright Idea” in government by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Ten $500 mini-grants will be awarded to community projects that promote healthy eating and physical activity in Cambridge. Info session is March 18 and application deadline is April 3.
The Cambridge Public Schools was ranked #1 in America for Best Food by Niche.com. This achievement reflects the collaborative work of the Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Public Health Department, Institute for Community Health, and CitySprouts over the past 12 years to improve school meals.
Suzy Feinberg, MPH