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Monday, October 6, 2008
Health Department Launches Calorie Education Campaign
“Read ’em before you eat ’em,” the Health Department advises in a new campaign to help New Yorkers make the most of the city’s calorie-posting rules. The new campaign is designed to help New Yorkers see how quickly fast-food calories add up, and that a typical adult needs only 2,000 calories a day to maintain a steady weight.
PRESS RELEASE # 066-08




Media Advisory


Wednesday, October 1, 2008
MEDIA ADVISORY: Health Department Brings Back Ronaldo to Help More Smokers Quit
Not every New Yorker knows Ronaldo Martinez by name, but his story has inspired hundreds, if not thousands, to quit smoking. This week the Health Department began re-airing the television ads that made him a local celebrity.
PRESS RELEASE # 065-08




Press release


Wednesday, September 24, 2008
More than 750,000 New Yorkers in Danger of Heart Attack or Stroke Due to Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure
More than three quarters of a million New Yorkers are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke due to dangerously high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a leading of cause heart disease and stroke, which together take the lives of more than 24,000 New Yorkers every year.
PRESS RELEASE # 064-08




Press release


Monday, September 22, 2008
With New Matchbooks, Health Department Gives Smokers a Reality Check
The Health Department unveiled a new line of matchbooks, which use vivid images of the effects of smoking to prompt smokers to quit. Images of ravaged lungs, rotting gums and large, painful tumors are also designed to counter tobacco industry marketing, which undercuts awareness of the devastating consequences of smoking.
PRESS RELEASE # 063-08




Press release


Wednesday, September 10, 2008
New Findings Provide Clearest Picture Yet of How Enrollees in the World Trade Center Health Registry Were Affected by 9/11
A new analysis from the World Trade Center Health Registry provides the most comprehensive picture yet of how 9/11 affected enrollees’ physical and mental health two to three years after the disaster. The report – released by the Health Department in the Journal of Urban Health, also includes the first estimates of respiratory health problems among lower Manhattan workers and residents from the registry, indicating that both groups suffered new cases of asthma.
PRESS RELEASE # 062-08




Press release


Monday, September 8, 2008
Health Department Releases Comprehensive Report on Intimate Partner Violence in New York City
The Health Department released a comprehensive report chronicling the tragic and persistent problem of intimate partner violence. By analyzing data from city hospitals, medical examiner records, and surveys by the health and police departments, the agency found that this kind of abuse affects thousands of women in New York City, with poor women and black and Hispanic women suffering the highest rates.
PRESS RELEASE # 061-08




Press release


Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Health Department Reports Largest Decline in Infant Deaths Since 2001
New data from the Health Department show that the city’s infant mortality rate fell again in 2007, reaching the lowest level ever recorded. The 2007 rate – 5.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, down from 5.9 in 2006 – marked the sharpest one-year decline since 2001, when the city’s rate declined to 6.1 from 6.7 per 1,000 live births.
PRESS RELEASE # 060-08




Press Release


Friday, August 29, 2008
Health Department Urges Parents to Prepare Children for the Fall Asthma Season
Don’t let asthma slow you down this fall. Hospitalization rates for childhood asthma can more than triple between August and September, as weather changes, kids spend more time indoors, and respiratory infections become more common. In anticipation of this year’s asthma upsurge, the Health Department is urging parents of affected children to work with their health care providers to get the right medications before the school year starts.
PRESS RELEASE # 059-08




Press Release


Thursday, August 28, 2008
Health Department Delivers Free Blood Pressure Machines to Pharmacies in Neighborhoods with Highest Rates of Hypertension
High blood pressure is a time bomb that can trigger a deadly heart attack or stroke without warning. And because the condition often has no symptoms, getting checked is the only way to know whether you have it and if it is under control. To make checking your blood pressure easier and more accessible, the Health Department is teaming up with pharmacies in East and Central Harlem, the South Bronx, and North and Central Brooklyn to provide blood pressure monitoring machines at no cost.
PRESS RELEASE # 058-08




Press Release


Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Health Department Releases Estimate of Yearly HIV Infections
The Health Department released the most precise estimate yet of annual citywide HIV infections. The findings, derived from a new formula developed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicate that nearly 4,800 New Yorkers contracted HIV in 2006.
PRESS RELEASE # 057-08



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