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Vital statistics

Monday, January 25, 2010
Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Farley Announce Life Expectancy for New Yorkers has Increased to 79.4 Years – an All-Time High
New Yorkers born in 2007 can expect to live an average of 79.4 years – a gain of 5 months since 2006 and the longest average life expectancy ever recorded in New York City. Life expectancy has shot up by a year and 7 months since 2001, exceeding national gains, and has now reached 82 years for women and 76.3 years for men. The Health Department announced the new findings in its Annual Summary of Vital Statistics.


Monday, January 11, 2010
Health Department Announces Proposed Targets for Voluntary Salt Reduction in Packaged and Restaurant Foods
The National Salt Reduction Initiative, a New York City-led partnership of cities, states and national health organizations, unveiled its proposed targets to guide a voluntary reduction of salt levels in packaged and restaurant foods. Americans consume roughly twice the recommended limit of salt each day – causing widespread high blood pressure and placing millions at risk of heart attack and stroke – in ways that they cannot control on their own. Only 11% of the sodium in Americans’ diets comes from their own saltshakers; nearly 80% is added to foods before they are sold. Through a year of technical consultation with food industry leaders, the National Salt Reduction Initiative has developed specific targets to help companies reduce the salt levels in 61 categories of packaged food and 25 classes of restaurant food. Some popular products already meet these targets – a clear indication that food companies can substantially lower sodium levels while still offering foods that consumers enjoy.

Get vaccinated

Friday, January 8, 2010
Health Department Warns that Influenza Season Isn’t Over, Urges New Yorkers to Get Vaccinated
Influenza is still circulating in New York City, and the season is still young. The H1N1 virus is likely to persist in the coming months, and seasonal influenza could increase as well, as it often does during the winter months. Fortunately, there is still time to get vaccinated – and vaccines to prevent both types of influenza are widely available.

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