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Brookline Celebrates National Public Health Week

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Brookline residents had the chance to concoct chemical-free home cleaning products as part of a Brookline 2017 National Public Health Week event: “It’s Easy Being Green at Home,” held at the town’s main library.

Using ingredients such as baking soda, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and essential oils, attendees followed recipes to make chemical-free cleaning items and went home with samples. Participants also learned about chemicals present in cosmetics and were taught how to read makeup labels. The event, held on Tuesday of National Public Health Week, was one of many public health programs offered in Brookline. Other events included:

A Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge on April 1, 2017. Brookline students with a passion for science were invited to create and present new ideas that address current climate change challenges. Participants with the most innovative ideas received official certificates.

A movie on April 3, 2017. Brookline and an adjacent community, Newton, held a free showing of the movie, “Contagion.” A Q&A session with a local physician followed.

“TB: A New Look at an Old Problem” on April 4, 2017. Dr. Kelly Holland, a family physician at Lynn Community Health Center; and Patricia Iyer, a registered nurse with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health TB Control and Prevention Program, presented an overview of TB in the world today, including how TB cases are handled in the U.S. and new programs to prevent latent cases of TB converting to active.

“The Other Talk” on April 5, 2017. Brookline parents and caregivers attended a forum on how to talk to college-bound students about student alcohol and drug use. The featured speaker was from the Caron’s Student Assistance Program at Caron Adolescent Treatment Center.

“Health Implications of Fracked Gas” on April 6, 2017. A local physician was the speaker at this talk, arranged by the Brookline chapter of Mothers Out Front, a group mobilizing for a livable climate. The group is active in California, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Virginia and has plans to expand.

Brookline Rabies and Microchip Clinic for Pets on April 9, 2017. It was raining when more than 50 pets and their owners showed up at town hall for this clinic which offers rabies vaccines and microchip installations for a small fee.