Health and the Outdoors

Everything we do, including sitting on the couch, entails some risk. Below are links to sources of information about some risks that may be present in parks and conservation areas in Newton or surrounding areas. Also included are links about the health benefits of outdoor activity.

Health Benefits of Exercise

Medline (National Institutes of Health)
US Centers for Disease Control
Weight-control Information Network (National Institutes of Health)

Safety During Hunting Season

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Other Safety Issues

HikeSafe.Com

Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants

American Academy of Dermatology
Medline (National Institutes of Health)
US Food and Drug Administration
Wellesley College Web of Species
Poison-Ivy.Org
New York Times
The Hiker’s Guide to Poisonous Plants

Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

Massachusetts Dept of Public Health (view current risk levels)
Medline (National Institutes of Health)
US Centers for Disease Control
USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Massachusetts Dept of Public Health (view current risk levels)
US Centers for Disease Control

Ticks and Lyme Disease

East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project Tick Factsheet
Massachusetts Dept of Public Health
University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center
Medline (National Institutes of Health)
US Centers for Disease Control
Bedbugs.Org (blog with a long list of links to other resources)

Blue-Green Algae

Charles River Watershed Association
Massachusetts Dept of Public Health

Sunburn

American Academy of Dermatology
Medline (National Institutes of Health)

Small Animals and Rabies

Massachusetts Dept of Public Health
Medline (National Institutes of Health)
US Centers for Disease Control
MassWildlife

Wild Turkeys

Mass Wildlife

Large Animals

Coyotes have been reported in Newton and surrounding communities in recent years.

City of Newton: Coyote Reports
MassWildlife
Mass Audubon Society
Project Coyote
How Can We Coexist Peacefully with Coyotes? (Boston Globe, 5/30/2010)
Stanley Park Ecology Society
Urban Coyote Initiative
Humane Society

Bear sightings have been reported in several towns within I-495, but only very rarely in Newton or adjoining communities.

Boston Globe (6/10/2005)