Boston Public Health Commission: Affordable Care Act Public Forum | November 25

On November 25 from 6-7:30pm,Staff from the Boston Public Health Commission can help you apply for free or low cost health plans. The multilingual staff will answer your questions and guide you through enrollment.

This event will be held at :
Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library
690 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
For additional information, please contact the Boston Public Health Commission at (617) 534-5050.
or visit:

Kids with Asthma Can Swim


Kids with Asthma Can Swim (Starting October 18th, every Wednesday and Thursday 4:00-6:00pm, until January 3rd).  Kids with Asthma Can Swim is a FREE program combining asthma education and swimming lessons to improve the health and well-being of children with asthma. Contact

Arthritis and You: Can We Talk? | June 28

The Arthritis Foundation is sponsoring a free seminar in Dorchester! The event will be held on Thursday, June 28, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church located at 378A Washington Street. The event will include a buffet from Carribean Rhythms Restaurant! 
The schedule will be as follows:
5:30: Dinner and Registration
6:15: Welcome and Invocation
"Treatments of Arthritis of the Hip and Knee"
Michael S. Thompson MD
Senior Orthopedist
Lahey Clinic, Burlington

7:15: "Exercise: A Magic Pill for Arthritis"
Cheryl McDermott
Exercise Coordinator and Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Leader
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Roxbury

7:50: Evaluation

Call 617-219-8218 to register,
or e-mail >> Read More

Circle the City Event | June 24

On Sunday, June 24, Circle The City launches with a kick-off event in Franklin Park! The event will be held from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Demonstrating an innovative model connecting conservation and recreation, Circle The City is an event which exemplifies healthy living in the city and improved accessibility to urban green spaces. The event will include free activities for all ages, such as:

  • Fitness and Yoga classes, Zumba and Hula Hooping

  • Street Hockey clinics with the Boston Bruins and Bruins Defenseman Andrew Ference.

  • Bikes and instruction with Boston Bikes

  • Kids’ art and nature activities with the Boston Nature Center and Museum of Science

  • Walks and bike rides

  • Kickball, Basketball, Frisbee golf, Tennis

  • Healthy Food Trucks

  • Kite Flying >> Read More

Free Heart Disease Screenings at STEC | June 23

On Saturday, June 23, Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center is offering free heart disease screenings! The event will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and will include free health info and free counseling. All Screenings are free of charge. No registration necessary.
For more information, visit

Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center is located at 950 Blue Hill Ave in Dorchester. For more information, please call 617.288.9092.

Skin Cancer Screenings | July 21

Join the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center for a first time ever skin cancer screening.
Did you know that the lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 1 in 50 for whites, 1 in 200 for Hispanics, and 1 in 1,000 for blacks? Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of skin cancer cases. But it causes most skin cancer deaths. This event is free! 
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Dorchester House Multi-Service Center Urgent Care
Address: 1353 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 
For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Truong, External Relations Director, at 617-740-2419, or email her at

Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition | May 8 2012

The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition held its monthly meeting on May 8 at the Mildred Avenue Community Center. The meeting began with a welcome and introductions. Everyone shared their name and favorite place in Mattapan.Theresa Jordan and Sonia Carter discussed plans for Mattapan Moving for Life. A description of the Fairmount Greenway Project and update on the Neponset Greenway from Eva Joseph and Vivien Morris. There was also discussion of activities and outlets for youth in Mattapan, with updates for Vigorous Youth and The Mattapan Patriots Flag Football team. The Healthy on the Block Corner Store Initiative, Farmers Market, and Mobile Market Project were discussed. >> Read More

Nail Salon Permit Assistance @ Viet-AID March 5

On Monday, March 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Receive one-on-one assistance from Viet-AID and Boston Public Health Commission staff will assist you with your nail salon permit application! Viet-AID is located at 42 Charles Street, Dorchester MA 02122. The event is part of the Safe Nail Salon Project.

You will need to bring:

Salon Use and Occupancy Permit from Boston Inspectional Services Department

Flammable Storage permit from Boston Fire Department

Salon license from Board of Cosmetology

Copies of cosmetology licenses for all persons working in the salon this year

Written description of ventilation system and plan for improving indoor air quality in the salon

A check for your permit fee


Photo Credit: Phil Hawksworth

Healthy Dorchester - A Call to Action, Mar. 6

Healthy Dorchester is a new Dorchester-wide initiative to improve health in our community! Be a part of the action to create a healthy, fit and safe Dorchester. On Tuesday, March 6, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. a meeting will be held at 450 Washington Street to discuss the future plans of Healthy Dorchester. A healthy lunch will be provided! For more information about Healthy Dorchester's vision and goals, click here.

Please RSVP by March 1 to Anne Greenbaum if you are attending, by email at a.greenbaum [at] or phone at 617.288.9092.

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