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U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin is making a three-day visit to Massachusetts.

On Wednesday morning, Benjamin joins Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino at Northeastern University for a forum on the Obama administration’s national prevention and health promotion strategy including smoke-free housing.

Later Wednesday, Benjamin, Patrick and state Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby plan to participate in the Department of Public Health’s annual anti-smoking ‘Kick Butts Day’ rally at the Statehouse.

On Friday morning, Benjamin joins state and local officials for an obesity prevention initiative called “Mass in Motion” to promote healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free living.

That event is scheduled at the Somerville Armory for the Arts.

Dr. Benjamin chairs the National Prevention Council, a group of 17 federal department directors and secretaries established by President Obama.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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