Health

Is Marijuana Medicine?

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Massachusetts voters in 2012 overwhelmingly approved a ballot question allowing patients to use marijuana for “debilitating medical conditions.” The vote represented a major departure from the nation’s usual way of creating testing, and approving medicines. Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes as of August, and more are likely to follow.

Hopkinton Emergency Management Offers Tips for Family Hurricane Preparedness

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Fire Chief / Emergency Management Director Ken Clark

We are again poised to enter hurricane season. The Hopkinton Emergency Management Group with the assistance of The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is offering personal hurricane preparedness tips to all of the citizens of our community. The three key tips for preparing for hurricanes, as well any potential emergencies or disasters are to build a kit, create a plan and stay informed.

Hopkinton Board of Health Vacancy Announcement

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On August 22, 2014 the Hopkinton Board of Health notified the Board of Selectmen of a vacancy on the Board of Health due to a resignation and are currently seeking candidates for this position.

Pursuant to Town Charter provision 3-1(e), a joint meeting, consisting of the remaining members of the Hopkinton Board of Health and the members of the Board of Selectmen, will (tentatively) convene on September 9th at a regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting to appoint an individual to temporarily fill this one seat until the next Annual Town Election in May of 2015.

Advance Care Planning

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None of us likes to think about the end of life, despite the fact that we know it will come at some time. Making the hard decisions about your own or a loved one’s health care toward the end of life can be unsettling, even troubling. In some cases, family turmoil can result.

Advance care planning – another term for preparing for the end-of-life - can help to make that difficult process a little easier. It can ensure one’s wishes are fulfilled, provide for a peaceful passing, and avoid potential family disruption.

Ensuring Healthy Communities

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In 1799, Paul Revere was named chairman of the Commonwealth’s first board of health in Boston and given broad authority to control the “filth and offal” that contaminated the environment. Two plus centuries later, though charged with many more responsibilities, the purpose of these boards remains the same: to provide for the public’s health and safety.

Last Chance to Sign Up For Camp Bailout

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Registration is about to end for Massachusetts premiere camp for young women. Get you application in now.

11th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race/Family Fun Day

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The 11th annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K/Family Fun Day Event

Saturday, June 21 from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM at Hopkinton High School

A Fun Day for the whole family!

Register here before the race sells out.

Honored Guest: Mike Timlin, retired MLB Pitcher for Boston Red Sox
Enjoy 5K race, kids 1 mile race, fun and games for kids, dunk tank, great raffles, live music and much more.

This year, the three Red Sox World Series trophies will also be there.

Infectious Disease Alert

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Measles cases in the U.S. have hit a 20-year high. Mumps and whooping cough are reappearing with disturbing frequency. We’re approaching summer, when mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses present real threats. And new, emerging diseases, like MERS and dengue, are reaching the U.S. from other countries.

It’s time to raise our awareness about infectious disease - the largest single cause of death worldwide.

For Good Health, Open Wide

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If, at your next visit to your primary care physician, your doctor says “open wide” and begins to examine your mouth, don’t worry. And if, at your next trip to the dentist, you get checked for oral cancer and are asked questions about your physical health, it’s a good thing. And all to your benefit.

2.62 Mile Marathon Challenge

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You are cordially invited to participate in the Hopkinton Middle School 2.62 mile Marathon Challenge. This school-wide 2.62-mile run/walk will take place on Wednesday, April 16, weather permitting, at 12:00 PM. It will start at the flagpole in front of Hopkinton Middle School, proceed around the campus and finish on the track behind the school. This event is part of a yearlong school-wide 21st century interdisciplinary theme that focuses on Greece and the Marathon. Please RSVP to dpinto@hopkinton.k12.ma.us by Friday, April 11.

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