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Shop Healthy


Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Health Department Expands Shop Healthy NYC to Three New Neighborhoods in the Bronx
The Health Department announced the launch of the second wave of Shop Healthy NYC. Shop Healthy NYC is a program that works with communities to increase access to healthy foods. Over the past year, the Shop Healthy NYC program successfully worked with residents, community organizations and food retailers, suppliers and distributors in the West Farms and Fordham neighborhoods of the Bronx.
PRESS RELEASE # 020-13




Media


Monday, June 10, 2013
Health Department Report Shows Diabetes Death Rates At An All-Time High for New York City
The Health Department released a new report which states that the number of diabetes-related deaths in New York City for 2011 was 5,695, an all-time high. These deaths include those for which diabetes is classified as the underlying cause of death as well as those for which diabetes is classified as a contributing cause. Even as the overall death rate in New York City continues to decline, diabetes-related deaths continue to increase. Since 1990, the proportion of all New York City deaths related to diabetes nearly doubled, from 6.0% in 1990 to 10.8% in 2011. Overall, one person dies of diabetes-related causes every 90 minutes, adding up to 16 deaths a day in New York City.
PRESS RELEASE # 019-13




sugary-drink


Monday, June 3, 2013
Health Department Launches New Ads Highlighting High Sugar Content of Fruit-Flavored Drinks, Energy Drinks, Sweet Teas and Sports Drinks
The Health Department launched new ads educating New Yorkers about the added sugars found in fruit-flavored drinks, energy drinks, sweet teas and sports drinks. The new ads, which are a part of the “Pouring On the Pounds” campaign and will run on buses and TV, explain that these beverages may “sound healthy” but are packed with added sugars that lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes and its serious complications. The TV ads encourage New Yorkers to replace these sugary beverages with healthier options such as water, seltzer, fat-free milk, and fresh fruit. The ads will run throughout the month of June.
PRESS RELEASE # 018-13




Project Hope


Monday, May 20, 2013
Health Department Launches Ad Campaign Highlighting Free, Confidential Counseling Services for New Yorkers Affected By Hurricane Sandy
The Health Department launched an ad campaign highlighting the free, confidential crisis counseling services available to help New Yorkers cope with the effects of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Project Hope crisis counselors, going door-to-door in blue vests, provide emotional support and help people find ways to cope with the traumatic impact the storm has had on their family and their lives. The ads will run in subway cars, on buses and the Staten Island Ferry beginning today through the month of August.
PRESS RELEASE # 016-13




Cut the Salt, Brooklyn


Friday, May 17, 2013
Health Department, Brooklyn Faith Community Leaders Host Eighth Annual ‘Cut the Salt, Brooklyn’ Awareness and Health Screening Event
The Health Department is joining faith community leaders to host the eighth annual ‘Cut the Salt, Brooklyn’ awareness and health screening event tomorrow at Restoration Plaza. Free screenings for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol will be provided, as well as information to help Brooklyn residents learn how to reduce the amount of sodium in their diet. Over the previous seven years more than 3,000 Brooklyn residents have received blood pressure screenings and information to make them aware of the potential dangers of increased sodium consumption as it relates to the risk of stroke, hypertension, and heart disease.
PRESS RELEASE # 015-13




Dog License Tag


Thursday, May 16, 2013
Health Department Kicks Off Dog Licensing Campaign
The Health Department announced a new dog licensing campaign beginning this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carl Schurz Park. Health Department staff will be at events across the City from May to September to give pet owners a quick and easy way to obtain or renew a dog license. At these events, staff will use laptops to license dogs and owners will leave the event with a new dog license tag.
PRESS RELEASE # 014-13




Opioid


Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Health Department Data Show Increase In Opioid Prescription Painkiller Deaths In New York City
The Health Department released new data today showing that between 2005 and 2011, the New York City rate of overdose deaths from prescription opioid painkillers increased by 65%. While rates of opioid painkiller overdose deaths increased across all boroughs, Staten Island saw the largest increase over the last several years. In 2011, rates of opioid painkiller overdose deaths in Staten Island were four times as high as Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, increasing by 261% since 2005. Overall, 220 persons died of overdose by prescription opioid painkillers in 2011, including 40 Staten Islanders.
PRESS RELEASE # 013-13




Teen Pregnancy


Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Health Department Data Shows Steady Decline In Teen Pregnancy Rate
The Health Department unveiled new data the City’s teen pregnancy rate hit a new low, falling 30 percent in the last decade, including 5 percent just from 2010 to 2011. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley made this announcement today at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic Treatment Center in the Bronx, a Health and Hospitals Corporation clinic. Commissioner Farley was joined by Dr. Amanda Ascher, Medical Director, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Dr. Danielle Laraque, American Academy of Pediatrics, Violet Fredericks, Policy Advisor, Office of State Sen. Gustavo Rivera and Zoe McCall, Bronx Teens Connection Member.
PRESS RELEASE # 012-13




Epi Data Brief


Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Diabetes Epidemic Continues To Worsen In New York City
The Health Department released a new Epi Data Brief about the diabetes epidemic in New York City. Nearly 650,000 adult New Yorkers reported having diabetes in 2011, an increase of about 200,000 adults since 2002. In addition, an estimated 230,000 adults likely had the disease but were unaware of it. Diabetes is twice as common among obese New Yorkers. People with diabetes are at increased risk of heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, and amputations.
PRESS RELEASE # 011-13




Food Vendors


Thursday, April 11, 2013
New Regulations for Mobile Food Vendors Go Into Effect
The Health Department’s new mobile food vending regulations go into effect in a move to improve the sanitary practices of New York City’s street food vendors. The regulations clarify equipment requirements, limit the size of pushcarts, and require documentation by facilities where vending units are stored overnight. The regulations, which were announced by the Department last June, also make permit holders more accountable for actions that take place at their carts or trucks and help the Department better detect the illegal renting of mobile food vending permits.
PRESS RELEASE # 010-13



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