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Cut Your Risk

Monday, January 9, 2012
Health Department Launches New Ad Campaign Spotlighting Increasing Portion Sizes and Their Devastating Consequences
The Health Department today launched a new hard-hitting ad campaign urging New Yorkers to be more aware of portion sizes - and how they have increased - when choosing what to eat or drink. The quantity of food served in a “medium” or “large” order is significantly greater than in previous years. In the last 50 years, for example, the serving sizes of sugary drinks quadrupled and french fries nearly tripled. With a few casual selections, a single meal could balloon to contain many more calories than the amount an adult needs for an entire day. This new campaign, along with the City’s ongoing requirement that chain restaurants post calorie counts, will continue to provide New Yorkers with the information they need to make healthier choices.

Stay Safe on New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Stay Safe on New Year’s Eve
As New Year’s Eve celebrations in the City get underway, the Health Department reminds New Yorkers to stay safe and be aware of the potential health risks of excessive drinking. Alcohol-related emergency department visits more than double on New Year’s Day compared to what is typically observed, according to an analysis by the New York City Health Department. Peak hours of arrival at the emergency department for alcohol-related visits are between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. This pattern is consistent across several years of data.

Baby names

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Health Department Announces New York City’s Favorite Baby Names from 2010
In 2010 in New York City Isabella and Jayden held fast as the most popular baby names for the second year in a row. The Health Department’s latest annual tally of New York City birth certificates shows that Isabella was the most popular name for baby girls born in 2010, with nearly 600 Isabellas added to the Big Apple last year. Jayden kept the top spot for boys with more than 800 newborn boys named Jayden.

Vital Statistics

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley today announced that, surpassing national figures, New Yorkers are living longer than ever before. Influenced by New York City's aggressive public health initiatives and improvements in the quality of the health care delivery system, babies born in New York City in 2009 have the record high life expectancy of 80.6 years, an increase of nearly three years since 2000 and nearly two and a half years more than the most recently reported national rate of 78.2 years. Life expectancy for 40-year-olds in New York City increased by 2.5 years (79.5 to 82) from 2000 to 2009, a substantially greater gain than the 1.2 year increase for the same age group in the U.S. as a whole. At the same time, life expectancy for 70 year-olds in New York City increased 1.5 years, compared with .7 years for the nation. Not only did the City's life expectancy rate surpass the national rate, it improved faster than any major city for both women and men.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011
New Public Health Media Campaign Describes Serious Health Risks from Smoking Even One Cigarette A Day
As part of the Bloomberg Administration’s ongoing effort to improve the health of New Yorkers, the New York City Health Department next week will launch a new TV campaign underscoring the health consequences of “light” smoking. This is the Department’s first campaign specifically targeting light smokers – those who smoke fewer than 10 cigarettes per day – with information on the dangerous health effects of even light or casual smoking. The campaign, called “One Cigarette is One Too Many,” contrasts people defending their light smoking with the grim realities of the well-documented health effects from light smoking. One ad shows a woman under the quote, “I only smoke when I take breaks at work…” followed by the warning, “She could still have a heart attack.”

Childhood Obesity

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Bucking National Trends, City Announces Drop in New York City Childhood Obesity Rates
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced today that, following years of pioneering policies to improve child nutrition and encourage exercise, obesity rates among New York City public elementary and middle school students have decreased over the past five school years across all race and ethnic groups. This marks the biggest decline in childhood obesity reported to date by any large city in the country and stands in sharp contrast to the stagnant nationwide rates.

Excessive Drinking

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
New Health Department Subway Poster Campaign Illustrates Dangers of Excessive Drinking
The Health Department released the latest installment of its “Excessive Drinking Is Dangerous” public education campaign with a print ad and subway posters in Spanish and English. One of the two ads depicts a bloodied young man wearing a neck brace and being lifted into an ambulance. The copy above his head reads, “Two drinks ago this wasn’t your ride.”


Thursday, November 17, 2011
New Health Department Study Shows Chronic Diseases Are Leading Contributors to Loss of Healthy Life Years for New Yorkers
The Health Department released a new study that, using an analysis looking at disability-adjusted life years, reveals the extent to which chronic diseases contribute to a reduction in quality of life as well as premature death. Unlike traditional health studies which measure solely the risk of premature death, this analysis more broadly translates the effect of illness by quantifying the impact that chronic illness has on quality of life (including the loss of ability to work or function independently at home) into a measurement of “healthy years of life lost” for an individual. Taking into account years lived with illness as well as years of life lost due to untimely death, the study shows that heart disease and major depression impose the largest health burden on New Yorkers.

WTC Health

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Health Department to Survey Adolescents about Their Health Ten Years after 9/11
The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry, the largest post-disaster public health registry in United States, launched its third pediatric health survey this month. More than 1,300 adolescent enrollees who were exposed to the WTC disaster will be asked to share valuable information about their health ten years after 9/11, including information about their quality of life, mental health including depression and stress symptoms, smoking/alcohol/drug use, and school involvement. Parents and guardians are also asked to provide information about their child’s physical and mental health.

NYC Teen

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
City Launches New Teen Website
The City announced the launch of a new website created for New York City teens. The website, called NYC Teen, provides information on workplace training and employment opportunities while also providing easy-to-navigate pages on the most common health issues that affect teens including depression, pregnancy prevention and healthy eating. The site serves as a portal to government sponsored programs and services that can help make a positive difference in the life of a teen.

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