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Dog Licensing

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Health Department Takes New Dog Licensing Campaign to City Parks
Health Department and Parks Department staff will be in City Parks starting today during normal dog walking hours to help pet owners obtain or renew their dog license. Owners who do not have licenses will be given an application and other information on the benefits of licensing their dog and responsible pet ownership.


Monday, October 1, 2012
Health department announces number of childhood lead poisoning cases dropped 17% in 2011, achieving new historic low in New York City
The New York City Health Department announced that the number of young children diagnosed with lead poisoning dropped to a new all-time low. In 2011, the Health Department recorded 1,183 poisonings among children under six years old, a 17% decline from the 1,429 cases recorded in 2010. The number of childhood lead poisoning cases in New York City has declined 56% since 2005.


Monday, October 1, 2012
New Health Department HIV Prevention Campaign Encourages Women to Take Charge of Their Sexual Health
The Health Department launched a subway campaign that reminds women to use a condom every time they have sex to help prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. More than 110,000 New York City residents are living with HIV. Additionally, black and Hispanic women account for over 90% of all women living with HIV in the City.


Thursday, September 27, 2012
Health Department Investigating Invasive Meningococcal Disease Cases Among Gay Men and Men Who Have Sex with Men
The Health Department is currently investigating a cluster of invasive meningococcal disease, commonly known as meningitis, among gay men and men who have sex with men. Invasive meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection that has a high fatality rate. Within the past four weeks, there have been four cases; one died and one person is in critical care. The cases are spread across several boroughs and among men ages 31 to 42 years old.

Healthy Hospital Food

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Health Department Announces Innovative New Program to Support Healthier Food in Hospitals
The Health Department announced that over 30 New York City hospitals are participating in the Healthy Hospital Food Initiative, an unprecedented voluntary program that promotes healthier food choices in hospitals. Seventeen private hospitals have committed to participation, building off of the successful changes implemented by the NYC Health and Hospital Corporation’s 15 medical facilities.

peanut butter jar

Friday, September 21, 2012
Health Department Advises New Yorkers to Discard Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter Made With Sea Salt Following a National Outbreak of Salmonella Infection
The New York City Health Department advises New Yorkers to discard Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt following a national outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to its consumption. Trader Joe’s is removing this type of peanut butter from its stores. Nevertheless, the product may still be available for purchase at some New York City locations or on the internet.

fountain Soda

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Supporters of Mayor Bloomberg's Anti-Obesity Initiative
Leaders and Anti-Obesity Advocates Express Support for Mayor Bloomberg’s New Anti-Obesity Initiative. Statements in Support of New York City’s Limit on Size of Sugary Beverages

Suffering Every Minute

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Health Department Launches New Smoking Cessation Campaign, Suffering Every Minute, Which Depicts the Health Consequences of Smoking
The Health Department announced a new campaign, Suffering Every Minute, which includes two new television, Internet and print ads depicting the devastation and suffering caused by smoking-related illness. In one ad, a man violently coughs, which is a frightening symptom of lung cancer. In the other ad, a woman must be cared for by her young son as she suffers from the late-stages of smoking-related cancer. The ads end with the stark statistics: 285,000 Americans are living with lung cancer caused by smoking, and more than 846,000 Americans are living with cancer caused by smoking. In collaboration with New York State Smokers’ Quitline, the Health Department is offering city smokers nicotine replacement therapy at no cost through September 20th, with special services for light smokers while supplies last. Smokers can call 311 or 1-866-NYQUITS, or search NYC Quits on, to enroll in the program.

West Nile Virus

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Health Department Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus for 2012 Season
The Health Department today confirmed the season’s first human case of West Nile virus in a Staten Island man over the age of 50. The patient was hospitalized with viral meningitis and has since been released. In response to this case, and the growing number of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus, the Health Department has completed three rounds of pesticide spraying in Staten Island in order to reduce the number of mosquitoes and the risk of West Nile virus.

Eating Healthy

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Deputy Mayor Gibbs, Commissioner Farley and Commissioner Doar Launch Two New Initiatives to Combat Obesity Epidemic by Helping New Yorkers Shop and Eat Healthy
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley and Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar today announced two new healthy eating initiatives. Shop Healthy NYC, the Health Department’s new voluntary pilot program, asks bodegas to commit to prioritizing the stocking and display of healthy food and produce while aiming to minimize the availability of junk food. With more than 100 community groups and 150 food retail venues in two high-need Bronx neighborhoods – Fordham and West Farms – agreeing to the pilot, the program has the potential to impact 136,000 people.

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