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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Health Department to Survey 70,000 People about Their Health Ten Years after 9/11
The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry launches its third major survey this summer of more than 70,000 people who were exposed to the WTC attacks and the aftermath, including nearly 13,000 who currently reside outside the New York/New Jersey area. The Registry, which has surveyed the same cohort twice before, will examine the health status of the survey participants ten years after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. As the nation’s largest cohort of WTC-exposed people, the Registry includes rescue and recovery workers, Lower Manhattan residents, area workers, students and passersby and is the most comprehensive post-disaster public health registry in the United States. Registry enrollees can obtain more information about completing this third survey by e-mailing the Registry at or calling the Registry through 311.

Food Products

Thursday, August 4, 2011
State and City Health Departments Promote Breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7, 2011
In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., and New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, M.D., M.P.H., encourage pregnant women and new mothers to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding for their babies and for themselves. Commissioners Shah and Farley sent a joint letter this Monday to hospitals detailing State laws and regulations regarding breastfeeding and supplemental in-hospital feedings for newborns. The letter to hospitals administrators is part of an ongoing collaboration among New York State and City health departments and hospitals throughout New York to support women who choose to breastfeed.

Mayor Bloomberg

Monday, August 1, 2011
City Announces that One in Three Restaurants Automatically Saved Money by Earning and Keeping 'A's
Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Gibbs, and Health Commissioner Dr. Farley today announced on the year anniversary of restaurant letter grading that one-third of the city's restaurant owners saved an estimated $3 million by earning A grades when inspected in the last six months.

Mayor Bloomberg

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
City Announces Agreement to Enhance Services for Shelter Animals
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Jessica Lappin, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals today announced an agreement that will significantly enhance services and care for dogs and cats that come into the City’s animal shelter system. As a result of the agreement, the Health Department and AC&C will increase the number of staff in shelters and receiving centers, expand the number of days and hours that animals may be dropped off or picked up, and increase the rescue of stray, injured and abandoned animals.

Food Products

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Fast Food Consumers Use Calorie Labeling on Menu Boards
New Yorkers who bought lunch at several major fast food chains used posted menu calorie counts to make lower calorie choices, according to a study released today in the British Medical Journal. Researchers surveyed a sample of New Yorkers before and after the March 2008 regulation for fast food chains to post calories went into effect. In spring 2009, one year after the trend-setting New York City law became effective, one out of every six fast food customers surveyed said they used posted calorie information to make food buying decisions and these customers purchased 106 fewer calories than those who did not see or use the calorie information. The NYC law for calorie posting was adopted nationally through the health care reform bill in 2010 and will go into effect nation-wide within the next year. This is the most extensive study of the effect of menu labeling to date.

Food Products

Monday, July 11, 2011
Health Organizations Call for a Public National Nutrition Database on Food Products
The New York City Health Department along with 35 health authorities and organizations called on the federal government today to track nutrients in the U.S. food supply by building a public and product-specific national nutrition database. The database would provide consumers with easy access to the nutrition information already required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on packaged food labels. An article by the Health Department, “Sodium and Potassium Intake: Mortality Effects and Policy Implications,” in today’s edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine lays out the argument to make this nutrition information public.

West Nile virus

Thursday, July 7, 2011
West Nile Virus Detected in New York City Mosquitoes
For the first time this season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes. The infected mosquitoes were collected from the neighborhood of Eltingville in Staten Island. So far, no human cases have been detected this season. The Health Department has increased mosquito surveillance and mosquito larvae control efforts in the affected area.

Health Bucks

Thursday, June 30, 2011
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), today launched the 2011 Health Bucks season at farmers’ markets across the city. Health Bucks are $2 coupons redeemable for fresh fruit and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets. A customer receives the coupon for every $5 he or she spends using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to purchase food at a farmers’ market increasing his or her purchasing power by 40%. Health Bucks, which began as a pilot program in the Bronx in 2005 has expanded each year and today is available at 65 participating markets located in all five boroughs, helping more families eat healthier. In 2010, approximately 89% of Health Bucks distributed to customers with EBT cards were used to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables.

Bronx Knows

Monday, June 27, 2011
Health Department Reports More than 600,000 HIV Tests Conducted Through The Bronx Knows Initiative
In anticipation of today’s National HIV Testing Day, the New York City Health Department, community partners, radio station Hot 97 and hundreds of New Yorkers gathered this past Saturday, June 25, at the historic Paradise Theatre in the Bronx to celebrate the success of The Bronx Knows, a three-year borough-wide HIV testing initiative. Launched in 2008, The Bronx Knows initially set out to test the estimated 250,000 Bronx residents who had never been tested before. In the three years since the Health Department and its 76 Bronx community partners began this collaborative effort, all targets for increasing testing have been surpassed.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Health Department Releases Two-Year Progress Report on City’s Take Care New York 2012 Health Agenda
With safer streets, more recreational spaces, expanded access to testing and screening for disease, and increased supports for smoking cessation, it is getting easier to be healthier in New York City. More City residents are heeding the call to “take care” as outlined in Take Care New York (TCNY) 2012: A Policy for a Healthier New York City. Launched in 2009, TCNY 2012 set measurable four-year goals for improvements in the health of all City residents. A new two-year progress report, Take Care New York 2012: Tracking the City’s Progress, 2009-2010, highlights the agency’s accomplishments and activities over these years and lays a blueprint to successfully reach the goals set forth by the 2012 plan.

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