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New Years Resolutions

Monday, December 21, 2009
Five Resolutions Worth Making for 2010 – and Some Tools to Help You Keep Them
Each year as the ball drops, New Yorkers resolve to improve their health and wellbeing. Of all the challenges you could take on next year, which ones would do you the most good? Here are the Health Department’s top five picks, based on real data about sickness and health in New York City. Because changing old habits can be hard, our rundown also includes online resources that are available 24 hours a day to help you thrive in 2010.

Restaurant grades

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Board of Health Votes to Invite Public Comment on a Rule Requiring the City’s Restaurants to Display Letter Grades after Sanitary Inspections
The Board of Health voted to solicit public comment on a proposal to publicly grade New York City restaurants on their sanitary conditions. Under a new proposed system, restaurants would receive grades of A, B or C, depending on the conditions documented during sanitary inspections. Each establishment would have to post its most recent grade in full view of potential customers – and those receiving Bs and Cs would be inspected more often than those meeting the highest standards for food safety. The new system would concentrate City resources on the least sanitary restaurants while placing no additional burden on establishments that maintain the best conditions.

Mayor Bloomberg

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Farley Release First-Ever New York City Neighborhood Air Quality Report
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley released the New York City Community Air Survey, the first-ever comprehensive survey of street-level air quality in New York City. The survey reveals wide variations in wintertime air quality across the City, with the highest levels of pollution occurring in areas with heavier traffic and a greater concentration of oil-burning boilers in commercial and residential buildings. The findings show that Manhattan and the more built-up, high-traffic locations in the other boroughs have the city’s highest particulate levels, as well as higher concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and elemental carbon. The Mayor discussed the ambitious study, launched as part of PlaNYC, in remarks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

NYC Condom

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Health Department Invites New Yorkers to Submit Designs for a Special, Limited-Edition NYC Condom Wrapper
The Health Department is inviting creative New Yorkers to give the NYC Condom a new look. The city-branded condom will retain its classic image, but the winning design will grace a special limited-edition package that debuts next fall. Any New Yorker at least 17 years old can submit an entry between now and January 22. During February, the Heath Department will unveil a small group of finalists – designs that capture the city’s distinctive culture while promoting safer sex. New Yorkers will then choose a final winner through an online popular vote. Besides appearing on several hundred thousand condom wrappers, the winning design may be featured in future condom promotions.

Pouring on the Pounds

Monday, December 14, 2009
Health Department’s Anti-Obesity Poster Inspires a Video Sequel
Last summer, the Health Department asked New Yorkers: Are you pouring on the pounds? The question has appeared on subway posters, educational brochures and websites since the campaign started in August. Now comes the sequel – a cheeky Internet video that uses similar imagery to show how the empty calories in sugary beverages can add up. Over the course of a year, drinking one soda a day can make you 10 pounds fatter, fostering obesity and contributing to health problems such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease.

Get vaccinated

Thursday, December 10, 2009
Health Department Will Expand Access to H1N1 Vaccine in Final Round of Free Weekend Clinics
As New York City heads into its final weekend of free vaccine clinics for H1N1 influenza, the Health Department is lifting most of the remaining restrictions on eligibility, effective Saturday. This weekend’s five vaccine centers – one in each borough – will admit any New Yorker who is at least 4 years old, including any healthy adult who would like to be vaccinated.

Clean environment

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Health Department Launches a Web Portal to Track the City’s Environmental Health Conditions
Any New Yorker can now monitor the city’s environmental conditions and certain health conditions, with a few clicks of the mouse. The Health Department’s new Environmental Public Health Tracking Portal provides continually updated information on everything from air quality and housing quality to pest levels and pesticide use.


Monday, December 7, 2009
Health Department Cautions New Yorkers to Avoid Wild Animals and Vaccinate Pets against Rabies
With the identification of three raccoons with rabies in Manhattan’s Central Park in recent months – two during the past week – the Health Department is cautioning New Yorkers to stay away from raccoons, skunks, bats, stray dogs and cats and other wild animals that can carry rabies. The recent findings suggest that rabies is being transmitted among raccoons in the park. The Health Department is increasing surveillance efforts to determine the extent of the problem.

Get vaccinated

Friday, December 4, 2009
City Hosts Fourth Weekend of H1N1 Vaccination Clinics
Free H1N1 vaccine will be available in all five boroughs this weekend (December 5 and 6), as the Health Department sponsors the fourth out of five weekend vaccination efforts. This weekend’s clinics are open to anyone in a recognized priority group for H1N1 vaccination, with the exception of children under 4. Here’s who is eligible:
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone 4 through 24 years old
  • People 25 through 64 with health conditions that make influenza more dangerous. These include asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung conditions, kidney failure, or a weakened immune system.
  • Anyone who lives with or cares for children less than 6 months old
  • Health care workers who have direct contact with patients and cannot receive vaccine through their employers.


Fatman Scoop and Shanda

Thursday, December 3, 2009
Health Department Partners with WNBC’s ‘Man and Wife’ to Raise Awareness about How to Prevent Influenza
The Health Department and NBC Local Media New York have enlisted Grammy winner Fatman Scoop and his wife, HIV/AIDS counselor Shanda, to help prevent the spread of influenza. In a new series of lighthearted public service announcements, the creators of the “Man and Wife” comedy act share tips on everything from sneeze etiquette to the importance of staying home when you’re sick.

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