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learn to swim

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
For The First Time, NYC Parks’ “Learn to Swim” Program Will Be Offered To NYCHA Summer Campers in Manhattan and The Bronx
A new program sponsored by the Department of Health, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the Department of Parks & Recreation will, for the first time, enable NYCHA Summer Campers from Manhattan and the Bronx to take part in NYC Parks’ annual “Learn to Swim” program. The “Learn to Swim” program offers free swimming lessons at public pools throughout New York City and teaches a valuable skill that can help prevent drowning incidents.

West Nile virus

Friday, August 2, 2013
Health Department Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus Infection for 2013 Season
The Health Department today confirmed the season’s first human cases of infection with West Nile virus in two Staten Island residents. The first case was hospitalized and diagnosed with encephalitis. The second case was also hospitalized with encephalitis, but likely acquired the infection while in another state.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013
New Data Show Diabetes Prevalence Continues To Rise in New York City
The Health Department released new data on New York City’s growing diabetes epidemic. According to the Health Department’s Community Health Survey, from 2002 to 2012, the proportion of adults with diabetes increased by 33% – from 8% to 10.7%. The Health Department estimates that in 2012 there were 667,000 New Yorkers with diabetes, an increase of more than 200,000 since 2002. The new data also show that from 2010 to 2012 alone, the proportion increased by 15% – from 9.3% to 10.7%. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley released the data during an “Everyday Health Reports” roundtable discussion on type 2 diabetes moderated by CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center, at Everyday Health Headquarters.


Thursday, July 18, 2013
Health Department Warns New Yorkers on Heat, asks Them to Assist Family, Friends and Neighbors
The Health Department today warned New Yorkers about this week’s dangerous heat wave and asked New Yorkers to assist persons at risk for the dangerous effects of heat. Today marks the fifth day of dangerous levels of heat, with the hottest conditions today and tomorrow, and continued hot weather through Saturday. The risk increases with each passing day and the intensifying heat. City agencies and nonprofit service providers are visiting the homes of vulnerable persons, and the Health Department is asking New Yorkers to assist this effort by checking on vulnerable relatives, friends, and neighbors to get them into a cool place or get them medical attention if they are showing signs of heat illness. Signs of illness include hot, dry skin OR cold, clammy skin; confusion or disorientation; nausea and vomiting; trouble breathing; rapid heartbeat; weakness and dizziness.

Promote Physical Activity

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg Announces First Ever Center for Active Design to Promote Physical Activity and Health in Buildings and Public Spaces Through Building Code and Design Standard Changes
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs, Department of Design and Construction Commissioner David Burney and Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley today announced a series of first-in-the-nation anti-obesity initiatives that will promote physical activity through the design of buildings and public spaces.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Health Department Urges New Yorkers to Take Precautions and Help The Vulnerable During This Week’s Extreme Heat
The Health Department warned New Yorkers of health risks from the dangerously hot weather forecast for this week. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, with temperatures forecast to be in the mid-90s all week with a heat index near 100 or above each day. The Health Department urges New Yorkers to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from the heat, especially among vulnerable individuals, such as seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental disability. If someone you know is unconscious or unresponsive, call 911 immediately.

Noise data

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Health Department data show that nearly one out of four 18 to 44 year olds who frequently listen to loud headphones report hearing problems
The Health Department released a new report showing younger adults who frequently use headphones at high volume report more hearing problems than those who use them less frequently and/or at lower volume. Nearly one out of four adults aged 18 to 44 who report constant headphone use say they have hearing problems, and were more than twice as likely to report hearing problems than those who report light-to-moderate use or no use of headphones. Prolonged exposure to loud sounds can cause irreversible damage to the inner ear, resulting in hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ear) or both.


Monday, July 8, 2013
West Nile Virus Detected In New York City Mosquitoes, No Human Cases Detected This Season
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 Pomonok neighborhood in Queens and the Huguenot Beach neighborhood on Staten Island. No human cases have been detected this season. The Health Department has increased mosquito surveillance by setting up additional traps and treating catch basins in the affected areas. The Health Department will continue its efforts to kill mosquito larvae before they can bite by applying larvicide in the city’s catch basins, marshland, and areas with standing water.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Health Department Advises New Yorkers to Take Steps to Prevent Mosquito and Tick Bites This Season
The Health Department advises New Yorkers to take several simple steps to prevent mosquito and tick bites this summer.


Friday, June 28, 2013
Health Department and Community Partners Announce More Than 1.4 Million HIV Tests Conducted
The Health Department announced that together with its community partners, The Bronx Knows and Brooklyn Knows, over 1.4 million HIV tests have been conducted since June 2008. Among those tested, 3,626 new positives were identified and 78% of those newly diagnosed have been linked to care. The announcement was made at Brooklyn Borough Hall during Brooklyn Knows’ free HIV testing event in recognition of National HIV Testing Day.

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