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healthy food options


Wednesday, May 16, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT RELEASES REPORT ON ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD
Harlem residents have fewer healthy food options, according to a new Health Department report on food availability in East and Central Harlem. While Harlem has many bodegas and corner stores, they are about half as likely to carry low-fat dairy products and seven times less likely to offer certain common vegetables as their Upper East Side counterparts.
PRESS RELEASE # 037-07




Nicotine Patch Giveaway


Monday, May 14, 2007
ONLY ONE DAY LEFT TO CALL 311 FOR FREE NICOTINE PATCHES AND NICOTINE GUM
Time is running out for New Yorkers to get free nicotine patches and gum to help them quit smoking for good. The Health Department’s offer lasts only through midnight tomorrow, May 15th, so any New Yorker who wants help to quit should call 311 now to take advantage of the giveaway. Smokers have already claimed 20,600 nicotine patches and 2,500 nicotine gum packets.
PRESS RELEASE # 036-07




nicotine patch giveaway


Friday, May 11, 2007
ONLY FOUR DAYS LEFT TO GET FREE NICOTINE PATCHES AND GUM: CALL 311 NOW FOR HELP TO QUIT SMOKING
New Yorkers should call 311 now to take advantage of the Health Department's nicotine patch and gum giveaway. The offer is good until Tuesday, May 15th only.
PRESS RELEASE # 035-07




Water Testing


Thursday, May 10, 2007
UPDATE ON QUEENS DRINKING WATER SUPPLY
As part of its continuing effort to trace, find and remediate the source of tetrachloroethylene, or PERC, in drinking water in sections of the St. Albans, Cambria Heights and Hollis neighborhoods in Queens, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is performing heightened, extensive testing, dispatching teams of inspectors to check for potential faulty water/sewer devices in local businesses, and flushing hydrants to draw the contamination out of the water supply. PERC is a chemical used primarily in dry cleaning and auto-body repair, the most likely sources of contamination in this area.
PRESS RELEASE # 034-07




Water Testing


Wednesday, May 9, 2007
ROUTINE TESTING OF WATER IN HOLLIS, QUEENS, INDICATES MINUTE AMOUNTS OF PERC CONTAMINATION
As part of its routine water sampling program, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has detected minute amounts of tetrachloroethylene, commonly known as PERC, in the Jamaica section of Queens. Tests from throughthe remainder of the City show no elevation, and in fact no detectable PERC, in any place other than this neighborhood.
PRESS RELEASE # 033-07




Asthma


Thursday, May 3, 2007
SALES OF OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS DOUBLE AS SPRING ASTHMA AND ALLERGY SEASON ARRIVES IN NEW YORK CITY
Sales of over-the-counter allergy medications have doubled in the past week—one indication that spring allergy season is here. The Health Department routinely monitors these sales as well as asthma emergency department visits, which tend to pick up in the spring because pollen is a trigger for asthma attacks. The Health Department reminds New Yorkers with asthma and the parents of children with asthma to make sure they are following an asthma action plan that can help manage asthma and avoid attacks.
PRESS RELEASE # 032-07




Nicotine Patch Giveaway


Wednesday, May 2, 2007
500,000 NEW YORKERS STARTED SMOKING AGAIN IN THE PAST YEAR
Quitting is easy, Mark Twain said—"I've done it a thousand times." More than half of New York City smokers tried to quit last year, but 80% of them—some 500,000 people—relapsed within three months. Fortunately, relapse doesn't mean failure. Quitting often requires several attempts, and nicotine replacement can double the chance of quitting successfully. To help smokers quit for good, the Health Department is giving away nicotine patches and gum for a limited time only. Callers to 311 have claimed more than 5,500 patches and almost 700 gum packets since the giveaway launched last week.
PRESS RELEASE # 031-07




May is Bike Month NYC


Wednesday, May 2, 2007
SPORTS COMMISSIONER PODZIBA, ACTING TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER BERGTRAUM, HEALTH COMMISSIONER FRIEDEN AND PARKS COMMISSIONER BENEPE ANNOUNCE THE MONTH OF MAY AS BIKE MONTH NYC
Throughout the month of May, New York City Sports Commissioner Kenneth J. Podziba, acting Transportation Commissioner Judy Bergtraum, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden and Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe invite New Yorkers and our visitors to participate in the 16th annual Bike Month NYC. Bike Month NYC will provide more than 200 opportunities for people to ride their bikes and explore our city's many diverse neighborhoods. The month will include a wide range of cycling events, highlighted by the Commerce Bank Five Boro Bike Tour, Bike to Shea Day and the Tour de Brooklyn.
PRESS RELEASE # 030-07




Cut the Salt, Brooklyn


Tuesday, May 1, 2007
BROOKLYN FAITH COMMUNITY LEADERS JOIN HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO URGE BROOKLYN RESIDENTS TO CUT THE SALT!
Health and faith community leaders joined together today at Brooklyn's Borough Hall to launch a year-long "Cut the Salt, Brooklyn" awareness campaign. Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the City's Deputy Health Commissioner for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention along with Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham, Pastor Brian Carter and Dr. Dexter McKenzie, joined in urging all New Yorkers to lower their salt intake to reduce their risk of having high blood pressure.
PRESS RELEASE # 029-07




Press Release


Thursday, April 26, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS NEW YORKERS NOT TO USE IMPORTED EYE MAKEUP THAT CONTAINS LEAD
The New York City Health Department today warned New Yorkers that certain imported eye cosmetics contain high levels of lead and should not be used. These cosmetics – called "kohl," "kajal," and "surma" – are imported from Asia, Africa and the Middle East and can be purchased at neighborhood stores throughout New York City.
PRESS RELEASE # 027-07



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