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Restaurant Inspections Rules

Friday, March 21, 2014
New Restaurant Inspections Rules Developed by New York City Council and Health Department Will Reduce Fines by Nearly 25 Percent
The Health Department and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced today they are releasing for public comment new restaurant grading rules designed to reduce fines and provide additional educational resources to help restaurants maintain their high health standards and succeed throughout New York City. In the last fiscal year, fines collected fell 23 percent from its peak in fiscal year 2012. Under the new rules, which include fixed penalties, restaurants will see a further reduction of 25 percent in fines, returning to pre-grading levels despite more frequent inspections. Restaurant owners will also have the opportunity to request a consultative, ungraded and penalty-free inspection to receive tailored advice about maintaining the best food safety practices at their establishment. This will help restaurants prepare for their next inspection and give them the information and tools to improve their chances to earn an A. Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett and Speaker Mark-Viverito were joined by Council Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson, Small Business Committee Chair Robert Cornegy and Council Member Vincent J. Gentile for the announcement.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Mayor de Blasio Appoints Commissioners to Protect New Yorkers' Health and Safety
Mayor Bill de Blasio named two key leaders to his administration today who will enact an ambitious public health and safety agenda. Mayor de Blasio named Dr. Mary Bassett as Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Rose Pierre-Louis as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Health Department Releases New Report Highlighting Success of New York City Supportive Housing Program
The Health Department today issued a new report showing that the New York/New York III (NY/NY III) Supportive Housing program, which provides housing and supportive services for various at-risk populations, results in residents spending fewer days in institutions and cost savings.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Health Department Announces Jayden and Sophia are 2012’s Most Popular Baby Names
The Health Department announced that Jayden and Sophia were the most popular baby names in New York City in 2012. Jayden has been the number 1 boys name for the last four years, while Sophia reclaimed the number 1 spot after a three year absence. The Health Department’s birth certificate records showed that more than 760 Jaydens and more than 607 Sophias were born in the Big Apple in 2012. Overall, in 2012, 202 more babies were born in New York City as compared to 2011.

Painkiller Abuse Ad

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Health Department Releases Powerful New Television Ads Highlighting the Risks of Prescription Painkiller Abuse
The Health Department launched a new television ad campaign highlighting the risks of prescription painkillers, also known as opioid analgesics. In New York City, the opioid analgesic overdose death rate increased 267 percent between 2000 and 2011, followed by a slight decrease in 2012. In 2012, Staten Islanders had the highest rate (10.1 per 100,000) of opioid analgesic overdose deaths – more than three times as high as all other boroughs.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Health Department Launches Ad Campaign Warning of the Dangers of Listening To Loud Headphones
The Health Department launched a new ad campaign warning people that listening to headphones at high volume can cause tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and irreversible hearing loss. The ads encourage people to protect their hearing by turning down the volume when using headphones. The ads will run in subway cars, on the internet and on radio.

HIV Care Texting

Monday, December 2, 2013
Health Department Launches Texting Service to Link People Newly Diagnosed With HIV to Care
At an event commemorating World AIDS Day, the Health Department today released a new annual HIV data report showing that over the past ten years, HIV diagnoses in New York City have decreased by 40 percent. Despite this progress, the report shows that 3,141 New Yorkers were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2012 and, of those, 20 percent already had AIDS when diagnosed. To assist those who are newly diagnosed with HIV obtain the medical and support services necessary to maintain their health, the Health Department announced a new mobile texting service called HIV Care. The service includes a suite of confidential options, such as medication and appointment reminders, that are available by texting CARE to 877877.

Sugary Drink Consumption

Monday, November 25, 2013
Health Department Launches New Ad Campaign Highlighting the Negative Health Impacts of Excessive Sugary Drink Consumption
The Health Department unveiled a new anti-obesity campaign educating New Yorkers on the potential health risks, for both children and adults, of consuming too many sugary drinks. The ads highlight how sugary drinks can bring on obesity and diabetes, both of which can lead to serious health problems like heart disease and stroke. Accompanying these ads is a new Health Department Epi Data Brief on diabetes and its complications. According to the new report, in 2011, there were over 20,000 hospitalizations for diabetes and nearly 5,500 adults on dialysis due to diabetes, a 65% increase in the number of adults on dialysis due to diabetes since 2000.

Flu Vaccine

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Health Department Launches New Campaign to Encourage Influenza Vaccination for Children
The Health Department announced new efforts today to encourage New Yorkers to get their influenza vaccination before peak influenza season hits in January. Influenza is a respiratory infection that, together with pneumonia, is the third leading cause of death in New York City, killing more than 2,000 people a year. The Health Department launched a new ad campaign reminding New Yorkers that influenza germs are everywhere and that vaccination is the best protection against the infection. The four new ads will run in subway cars through February. In addition, the Health Department kicked off a pilot program at 15 public elementary schools that will allow children to get vaccinated at no out-of-pocket cost.


Thursday, November 14, 2013
Health Department Launches Free Site that Provides an Easy Way to Assess the Nutritional Content of Foods and Beverages at National Chain Restaurants
The Health Department launched a new website that offers a comprehensive view of the nutritional content of foods sold at the nation’s largest restaurant chains. MenuStat is a free, public website that contains restaurant nutrition data from 66 restaurant chains; data is included for every restaurant in the top 100 restaurants by sales that made nutrition data available in 2012 and 2013. The site sources data from the restaurant websites, provides historical, date-stamped information, and puts it into a format that allows for comparison across restaurants, food categories, and over time. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley made the announcement this morning during his keynote speech at The Obesity Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting.

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