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Salmonella warning

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
NYC Health Department Warns MealMart Kosher Broiled Chicken Livers Can Cause Illness from Salmonella Bacteria
The Health Department has identified 56 cases of Salmonella bacteria-related illness in New York City that are linked to eating MealMart brand kosher broiled chicken livers from the Schreiber Processing Corporation that were not cooked. Even though they are labeled as “broiled” and may appear cooked, chicken livers from this manufacturer are not thoroughly cooked and should not be eaten unless they are cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Salmonella illness has also been linked to chopped liver made from this uncooked product. Chopped liver made by the consumer after purchasing this product should also be fully cooked before consuming or discarded. Cases of illness have also been identified in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Minnesota.

Prevent Influenza

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
NYC Health Commissioner Urges All New Yorkers to Get Vaccinated Before Flu Season Hits
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley urged all New Yorkers to get a flu shot before the flu season gets into full swing. Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection that, together with pneumonia, is the third leading cause of death in New York City. Influenza season in New York typically starts in the winter months, peaking in January through March. Getting vaccinated before influenza transmission peaks is the best way to prevent infection from the virus and the suffering that comes with it.

Pouring on the Pounds

Monday, October 24, 2011
Health Department Launches Campaign Showing How Drinking Just One Soda a Day Equals 50 Pounds of Sugar a Year
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley today unveiled a new Health Department education campaign that describes how drinking just one 20 ounce soda a day translates to eating 50 pounds of sugar a year. The 30-second TV spot will air on major broadcast and cable TV stations over the next two months as a stark reminder to New Yorkers about how sugary drinks can lead to obesity, which can cause diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and some cancers.

Dog Licensing

Monday, October 17, 2011
Health Department Takes New Dog Licensing Campaign to the Subway
The Health Department today launches a new dog licensing subway poster campaign featuring some of New York City’s pet dogs enjoying the city’s signature locations such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square. The ads are part of a public education campaign promoting the benefits of dog licensing, such as locating a lost dog. The campaign includes a second component informing New Yorkers about a new law that requires all free-roaming cats to be spayed or neutered. Ads will run today through Jan. 8, 2012.

Lead posioning

Friday, September 30, 2011
Number of Young Children with Lead Poisoning Remains at Historic Low
The number of young children with lead poisoning in New York City in 2010 remains at a historic low, the Health Department announced today in its annual report to the City Council. The Health Department will continue to monitor cases and target prevention activities in high risk communities to eliminate exposure to lead hazards.

Healthier Living

Thursday, September 29, 2011
New York City Adults Have Better Eating Habits Following Mayor Bloomberg’s Healthier Living Initiatives
Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Department of Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley and the Office of the Food Policy Coordinator announced that New York adults are reducing their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages while increasing their intake of fruits and vegetables. This improvement, which marks an important step forward in the Bloomberg Administration’s fight against obesity, diabetes and the non-communicable diseases that are the City’s leading killers, is especially pronounced in low-income communities.


Monday, September 26, 2011
Health Department Promotes Testing and Awareness on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
As part of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Health Department urges all gay men and other at-risk New Yorkers to use condoms and to get tested for HIV. Between 2002 and 2009, new diagnoses of HIV declined by 28 percent in New York City. However, the gay community and other men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to be the most severely impacted. Founded in 2008 by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), this day aims to raise awareness among gay men and other MSM to prevent new infections and lead healthier lives.

Prevent Falls

Friday, September 23, 2011
Falls Continue to be the Leading Cause of Fatal Injuries among Older Adults
In recognition of Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Commissioner of the Department for the Aging (DFTA) Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Thomas Farley, M.D., M.P.H., and Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Katherine Oliver today detailed initiatives to increase falls prevention awareness among older adults and caregivers, including a new website devoted to falls prevention and the formation of a broad coalition of community partners that will address the issue at the grassroots level.

Mayor Bloomberg

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Number of City Smokers Has Hit an All-Time Low at 14 Percent
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley today announced that New York City’s adult smoking rate has reached an all-time low with only 14 out of 100 New Yorkers still smoking. This marks a decrease in the number of New Yorkers who smoke by 35 percent since 2002, when the Health Department began its efforts to reduce tobacco use. This translates to approximately 450,000 fewer adult smokers in New York City, with some of the steepest declines registered among Staten Islanders and teens city-wide. Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Farley were joined at the Health Department’s new Long Island City headquarters for today’s announcement by Senator Michael Gianaris, Council Member Gale Brewer and a New Yorker who has successfully quit smoking through the City’s efforts.

Hurricane Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011
Health Department Advises New Yorkers on Protecting Their Health and Avoiding Injury following Hurricane Irene
The Health Department today issued guidelines and practical advice to the many New Yorkers impacted by flooding and power outages in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The New York City Health Department advises New Yorkers to keep the following health tips in mind as they recover from the storm and to take caution when making efforts to repair storm damage to their homes.

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