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Wednesday, May 28, 2008
QUITTING SMOKING WILL SAVE NEW YORK CITY SMOKERS $3,000 A YEAR
Beginning June 3rd, a pack of cigarettes will cost more than $8, adding up to almost $3,000 a year for the pack-a-day smoker, and making New York City cigarettes the most expensive in the country.
PRESS RELEASE # 037-08




Media Advisory


Wednesday, May 28, 2008
APPLY NOW! GREEN CART APPLICATIONS ARE DUE JUNE 18
Anyone interested in operating one of New York City’s new Green Carts should apply now! All applications must be postmarked no later than June 18, 2008. This year’s 500 permits are now up for grabs. Another 500 permits will be available in 2009.
PRESS RELEASE # 036-08




Press Release


Friday, May 23, 2008
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND KICKS OFF BEACH SEASON IN NEW YORK CITY
In time for the holiday weekend, the Health Department announced that all of the city’s 20 public and permitted private beaches will be open for the season beginning Saturday, May 24th at 10 A.M.
PRESS RELEASE # 035-08




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Friday, May 23, 2008
PRODUCT ALERT: ILLEGAL APHRODISIAC CALLED ‘STONE’ CAN CAUSE SERIOUS POISONING AND DEATH
The Health Department is warning New York City residents about an illegal aphrodisiac known as “stone,” which can cause serious poisonings and death. The product is also known as Piedra, Jamaican Stone, Love Stone, Black Stone or Chinese Rock. Last week, an area hospital alerted the New York City Poison Control Center that a man had died after ingesting the aphrodisiac.
PRESS RELEASE # 034-08




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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
CITY OFFICIALS UNVEIL NEW ICON TO INSPIRE NEW YORKERS TO TAKE THE STAIRS FOR BETTER HEALTH AND A GREENER NYC
Speaking at the annual Fit City conference hosted by the Health Department and the American Institute of Architects, Commissioner Frieden unveiled a new sign and campaign – Burn Calories, Not Electricity – to address our obesity epidemic and our environmental crisis with a single call to action. The City will provide the sign, free-of-charge, to any building that will mount it.
PRESS RELEASE # 033-08




Press Release


Monday, May 5, 2008
MEDIA CAMPAIGN ALERTS MOMS TO NEWBORN HOME VISITING PROGRAM
The Health Department launched a new awareness campaign to inform expectant mothers about a free and voluntary Newborn Home Visiting Program. The program aims to help mothers and babies stay healthy by offering a home visit from a trained Health Department worker. All mothers with new babies who live in the South Bronx, East and Central Harlem, and the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and Bushwick are eligible.
PRESS RELEASE # 032-08




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Friday, May 2, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT ASKS BOROUGH PARK AND WILLIAMSBURG COMMUNITIES TO HELP STOP AN ONGOING SHIGELLA OUTBREAK
The Health Department notified Orthodox Jewish residents of the Borough Park and Williamsburg communities in Brooklyn of an ongoing outbreak of shigella, an intestinal infection. So far this year, the two communities have had more than 150 cases of shigella, more than half of them among very young children.
PRESS RELEASE # 031-08




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Thursday, May 1, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES HEPATITIS C TESTING FOR PEOPLE AT RISK
At least one in 50 New York City adults is infected with hepatitis C, according to new findings from the Health Department. But because many are unaware of their infection, they may miss out on the steps needed to protect themselves and prevent transmission.
PRESS RELEASE # 030-08




Press Release


Tuesday, April 29, 2008
ONLY 48 HOURS LEFT TO GET NICOTINE PATCHES AND GUM AT NO COST
With only 48 hours left in this year’s nicotine patch and gum giveaway, the Health Department urges New Yorkers who are still smoking to call 311 for help. So far, more than 15,000 New Yorkers have enrolled in the program, which began nearly two weeks ago. The giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, May 1.
PRESS RELEASE # 029-08




Press Release


Friday, April 25, 2008
NEW YORK CITY’S INFANT IMMUNIZATION RATE REACHES HIGHEST LEVEL EVER
The vaccination rate for young children has reached the highest level ever in NYC, and is higher than the national average, the Health Department announced. As of mid-2007, 80% of kids aged 19 to 35 months (more than 140,000 children) had received all of their recommended shots, up 11% from 2006.
PRESS RELEASE # 028-08



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