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Cambridge Prepares for the Inevitable Effects of Global Climate Change

November 30, 2015

The City of Cambridge is planning ahead and preparing for the inevitable effects of global climate change. Today after three years of investigation, the city released The CCVA Report: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment–Part 1.

City Lowers Fluoride Levels in Cambridge Drinking Water

October 30, 2015

The city of Cambridge has decreased the target fluoride concentration in Cambridge drinking water by 30%, in accordance with new federal guidance.

Potentially Harmful Algal Bloom on Charles River – 9/24 Update

September 24, 2015

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.

Potentially Harmful Algal Bloom on Charles River – 8/20 Update

August 20, 2015

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.

Four-City Coalition Responds to Governor’s Opioid Action Plan

August 18, 2015

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.

Potentially Harmful Algal Bloom on Charles River

August 14, 2015

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.

West Nile Virus Found in Cambridge Mosquitoes

July 31, 2015

State health officials reported on July 30 that four mosquito samples in Cambridge had tested positive for West Nile virus.

City’s Health Improvement Plan Reflects Community Voices

June 5, 2015

The newly released 2015 City of Cambridge Community Health Improvement Plan will set the city’s health agenda for the next five years.

Tougher City Tobacco Laws Take Effect June 1

June 1, 2015

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.

2015 Nutrition and Physical Activity Mini-Grants Awarded to Cambridge Organizations

May 12, 2015

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.

Crisis Support Available for People Impacted by Earthquake in Nepal

May 7, 2015

Cambridge Health Alliance’s Victims of Violence Program is offering crisis intervention services to people impacted by the Nepal earthquake.

Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council Recognized as "Bright Idea" in Government

April 29, 2015

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.

Cambridge Public Schools Ranked #1 in Nation for Best School Food

January 30, 2015

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.


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