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Thursday, April 24, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT DEBUNKS FIVE MYTHS ABOUT QUITTING SMOKING
Quitting smoking can be hard, but people’s rationales for continuing to smoke are often rooted in pure myth. The Health Department debunked five favorite excuses to motivate even more New Yorkers to call 311 for patches and gum at no cost. More than 7,000 people have enrolled already, and the offer is good only until May 1st.
PRESS RELEASE # 027-08




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Monday, April 21, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM TO COVER MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT FOR NEW YORKERS STILL STRUGGLING WITH THE EVENTS OF 9/11
The Health Department announced a new mental health benefit program for people still experiencing psychological distress or struggling with substance use as a result of the events of September 11, 2001. To ensure that all needs are met, the Health Department will reimburse out-of-pocket costs for mental health or substance-use treatment through a claims process similar to any insurance benefit.
PRESS RELEASE # 026-08




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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES NICOTINE PATCH & GUM GIVEAWAY; NEW TV ADS FEATURE MARIE, A BRONX SMOKER WHO QUIT BY CALLING 311
The Health Department launched a Nicotine Patch and Gum Program by rolling out a new series of anti-tobacco ads featuring Marie, a former smoker from the Bronx. Nicotine replacement helped Marie kick the habit in 2006. The Health Department is now urging all NYC smokers to follow her lead by calling 311. Nicotine replacement doubles the chances of quitting for good, and the City is offering them at no cost until May 1st.
PRESS RELEASE # 025-08




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Tuesday, April 8, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADVISES NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE HAD MEASLES SHOTS BEFORE TRAVELING ABROAD
In response to several New York City measles cases tied to international travel, the Health Department urged residents traveling abroad, to Europe and to Israel in particular, to be sure they are vaccinated against measles. Currently, there are large measles outbreaks in Israel and Switzerland, and outbreaks have occurred in other European countries, including in the United Kingdom and Belgium.
PRESS RELEASE # 024-08




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Thursday, March 27, 2008
STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REGARDING COURT CASE ON CALORIE POSTING REGULATION
The Health Department has been informed that it is not likely there will be a decision in the case challenging the calorie posting initiative before the scheduled effective date of Monday, March 31, 2008. It appears that the decision will be issued some time during the first two weeks of April.
PRESS RELEASE # 023-08




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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
OBESITY AND DIABETES RISING FASTER IN NYC THAN NATIONALLY
The city’s rates of obesity and diagnosed diabetes both increased by 17% from 2002 to 2004. By contrast, the rest of the nation experienced just a 6% increase in obesity prevalence and no increase in diabetes diagnoses.
PRESS RELEASE # 022-08




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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES A NEW CAMPAIGN TO HELP STATEN ISLANDERS QUIT SMOKING
In the face of stubbornly high smoking rates on Staten Island, the Health Department announced a new advertising campaign aimed at encouraging residents to quit. More than one in four Staten Island adults (27%) still smoke, compared to less than one in five (17%) in the rest of New York City. And the smoking rate has not budged in Staten Island since 2002, even as it has plummeted in all other boroughs.
PRESS RELEASE # 021-08




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Monday, March 24, 2008
TUBERCULOSIS IS AT HISTORIC LOW IN NEW YORK CITY
The Health Department announced that TB reached another all-time low in New York City in 2007. A total of 914 cases were reported in 2007 – a 4% decrease from 2006 and a 76% decrease from the high levels seen in the early 1990s.
PRESS RELEASE # 020-08




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Monday, March 17, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT REMINDS PARENTS TO KEEP COMMON POISONS AWAY FROM CHILDREN
Common household products such as perfume or mouthwash are the source of about one in four poisonings in children under five in New York City. To mark National Poison Prevention Week, the Health Department reminded parents and caregivers to poison-proof their homes and keep products that young children could accidentally ingest out of reach.
PRESS RELEASE # 019-08




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Wednesday, March 5, 2008
CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CALLS ON STATE LEGISLATORS TO PASS LAW ALLOWING PHARMACISTS TO GIVE FLU AND PNEUMONIA SHOTS
As influenza cases spike in New York City, the Health Department is calling on state lawmakers to pass a bill allowing pharmacists to give flu and pneumonia shots, giving patients more options for care. The bill promises to expand access to these life-saving vaccinations, potentially increasing the number of New York City seniors who get the shots by 50,000 or more.
PRESS RELEASE # 018-08



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