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Summertime Pests


Thursday, June 16, 2011
Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Protect Against Summertime Pests
As the weather warms up and New Yorkers are increasingly spending more time outdoors, the Health Department reminds city residents to protect themselves from pests and animals that could carry disease.
PRESS RELEASE # 012-11




Make NYC your GYM


Monday, June 6, 2011
Health and Parks Departments Encourage New Yorkers to “Make NYC Your Gym”
The Health Department and the Department of Parks & Recreation today kicked off “Make NYC Your Gym” week, a campaign to get New Yorkers moving by highlighting the vast array of fitness opportunities outside their doorsteps. Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs, along with Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar, General Manager/Vice President for Downstate Sales for Empire BlueCross BlueShield Patrick O’Keefe, and Carol Espel, National Director of Group Fitness for Equinox Fitness Clubs celebrated the launch of the week at an open-to-the-public Zumba exercise class in Madison Square Park today. Physical activity events are planned throughout the five boroughs all week. To coincide with the weeklong initiative, the City has transformed its BeFitNYC fitness search engine -- available through NYC.gov -- to be a one-stop shop for finding free or low-cost fitness activities throughout the City. And for the first time, through integration of BeFitNYC with a Facebook app, New Yorkers can create their own events and either invite friends or open it up to others.
PRESS RELEASE # 011-11




Window Guards


Thursday, June 2, 2011
Health Department Urges New Yorkers to Prevent Falls this Summer with Window Guards
With the onset of warmer weather, the Health Department is urging New Yorkers to make sure window guards are in place. You can prevent the tragedy of a child falling from a window with properly installed window guards.
PRESS RELEASE # 010-11




Smoke free


Monday, May 23, 2011
Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs, Speaker Quinn, Council Member Brewer, Health Commissioner Farley and Parks Commissioner Benepe Announce NYC Public Parks, Beaches and Pedestrian Plazas Smoke Free
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Gale A. Brewer, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley and Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe announced today that New York City parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas are now smoke-free, thanks to a new law that became effective today. The amended Smoke-Free Air Act, sponsored by Council Member Brewer and signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg on February 22nd, bans smoking in some outdoor public spaces – specifically, all New York City public parks, beaches, boardwalks, marinas, public golf courses, sports stadia, and pedestrian plazas such as those at Times Square and Herald Square – with the goal of eliminating smoke and cigarette litter. This week, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is launching an educational campaign on television, in the subway and in print media, to inform New Yorkers that the ban is now in effect. The campaign highlights how the City’s many parks and beaches are being made healthier and cleaner through the absence of secondhand smoke and cigarette butts.
PRESS RELEASE # 172-11




Health Status


Thursday, May 19, 2011
New Yorkers Who Let Their Feet Do the Commuting Can Reap Real Health Benefits
New York is one of the nation’s most foot-friendly cities, and people who take advantage of that fact are likely to be healthier for it, a Health Department report confirms. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of many chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. One in eight deaths annually among New Yorkers aged 30 and over could be prevented with more physical activity. Active transportation - any self-propelled mode of transportation (walking, jogging, bicycling, or in-line skating) to get from one place to another - is an easy way to remain physically active. In fact, most New Yorkers get far more physical activity just getting from one place to another than they do through deliberate exercise. The report also outlines other health benefits of active transportation, including reduced air pollution and injury rates. The report, “Health Benefits of Active Transportation in New York City,” is available on nyc.gov.
PRESS RELEASE # 009-11




Big Apple Rx


Wednesday, May 18, 2011
City Launches New York City's First Official Prescription Drug Discount Card
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs today launched New York City’s first official prescription discount card – offering substantial discounts throughout the five boroughs. The BigAppleRx card will be one of the most widely distributed prescription drug discount cards in the nation, and is available to anyone regardless of age, income, citizenship or health insurance status. The cards will save an average of 47 percent on prescription medications and can be used by anyone who lives, works or visits the City.
PRESS RELEASE # 164-11




Mayor


Thursday, April 21, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG PRESENTS AN UPDATE TO PLANYC: A GREENER, GREATER NEW YORK
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented an update to PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York that assessed the progress of PlaNYC since its launch four years ago and charted a new direction for the City’s future. The update to PlaNYC is the culmination of a year of work that began on Earth Day 2010 that included 48 public meetings with over 220 groups, yielding almost 1,000 ideas, suggestions and feedback. Working with the City Council, the Administration built into PlaNYC a requirement that it be updated every four years. Today’s update has 132 initiatives and more than 400 specific milestones to achieve by December 31, 2013.
PRESS RELEASE # 129-11




Mayor


Wednesday, April 13, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES LATEST RESULTS OF HEALTH DEPARTMENT AIR QUALITY STUDY THAT SHOWS AIR IN TIMES SQUARE IS CLEANER AND HEALTHIER SINCE PEDESTRIAN PLAZAS WERE OPENED
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and the Mayor’s Sustainability Director David Bragdon today released the results of the most recent Health Department air quality study which shows the impact of traffic on neighborhood air pollution across New York City. The report documents an immediate and substantial air quality improvement in Times Square after the creation of a pedestrian plaza. The data are contained in the latest report from the New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS), a comprehensive survey of street-level air quality in the five boroughs created as part of PlaNYC. A quarter-million pedestrians enter Times Square each day and have the potential to benefit from the cleaner air. After the pedestrian plaza was created, concentrations of traffic-related pollutants were substantially lower than measurements from the year before and were less than in other midtown locations.
PRESS RELEASE # 120-11




Health Status


Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Health Disparities in New York City: Report Describes Health Status for City’s Five Counties
In a report issued today, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute rank the nation’s counties on various measures of health. As expected, the findings reveal deep health disparities among counties across the U.S., including those in New York state. Whether counties are ranked by “health outcomes” (rates of illness and death) or by “health factors” (characteristics that influence health), counties with large minority populations and high rates of poverty consistently rank least healthy. Among New York City’s five counties (boroughs), Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island land relatively high among New York’s 62 counties, while Brooklyn and the Bronx fall at or near the bottom.
PRESS RELEASE # 008-11




World TB Day


Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Health Department Reports Continued Decline in Tuberculosis Cases
In observance of World Tuberculosis Day, the Health Department today released new figures showing a continued local decline in tuberculosis cases since last year. New York City recorded 711 cases of TB in 2010 – a 6% decrease from 2009 and an 81% drop from the high levels seen in the early 1990s. This continued decline reflects national trends.
PRESS RELEASE # 006-11



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