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Farm  to Preschool

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Health Department Launches New Farm to Preschool Program
The Health Department, in partnership with GrowNYC and Corbin Hill Food Project, announced the launch of Farm to Preschool, a new initiative that brings fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to 11 participating preschools across the city. Once a week at each site, parents, preschool staff and community members can purchase a farm fresh produce box containing a variety of seven to 10 locally grown fruits and vegetables. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett and ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión made this announcement at the Bishop Sexton Head Start in Brooklyn, one of the more than 1,100 sites in New York City offering free, high-quality pre-K this year.

Smoking Increase

Monday, September 15, 2014
New Health Department Data Show Increase in Adult Smoking Rate
The Health Department released new 2013 data showing 16.1 percent of adult New Yorkers are smokers, a significant increase from the city’s lowest recorded adult smoking rate of 14 percent in 2010. For the first time since 2007, there are over one million smokers in New York City who are at risk of developing a smoking-related illness, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, emphysema, lung and other cancers.

Oral Rabies Vaccine

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
USDA and Cornell to Vaccinate Raccoons in Parts of Brooklyn and Queens to Help Prevent Spread of Rabies
During September, wildlife biologists with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Cornell University will distribute oral rabies vaccine (ORV) along the southern border of Brooklyn and Queens to prevent the spread of rabies virus among raccoons. Cornell received State funding to pursue this program in New York City, and it is an expansion of a program being conducted in Long Island and parts of upstate New York. In New York City and New York State, animal rabies occurs primarily in raccoons, bats and skunks.

Dog Licensing Events

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Health Department to Hold Two Rabies Vaccination and Dog Licensing Events Over Next Two Weekends
For the next two weekends in September, the Health Department and Animal Care & Control of NYC, in partnership with NYC Parks, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, State Senator Martin J. Golden and Assemblyman Joseph Borelli, will provide free vaccinations against rabies to dogs and cats in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Rabies occurs in New York City in bats, raccoons, and occasionally in cats; vaccinating your pet provides protection if they are bitten by one of these animals.

Overdose Awareness Day

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Health Department to Distribute 200 Doses of Naloxone Today to Prevent Fatal Opioid Overdoses in New York City
In recognition of Mayor Bill de Blasio declaring New York City’s first Overdose Awareness Day, the Health Department will train New Yorkers on overdose prevention and distribute 200 doses of naloxone. According to a new Health Department Epi Data Brief (PDF), 77 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2013 involved an opioid, including opioid analgesics (prescription painkillers), methadone, or heroin. On average, there is more than one fatal opioid overdose a day in New York City. Since 2010, more than 25,000 naloxone kits have been distributed and at least 500 overdoses in New York City have been reversed by using naloxone.

West Nile virus

Monday, September 8, 2014
Health Department Reports First Human Cases of West Nile Virus Infection for 2014 Season
The Health Department today confirmed the season’s first human cases of illness with West Nile virus in five New York City residents, all over the age of 50. Two patients reside in Brooklyn, and one each from Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan. Three of the patients were hospitalized and diagnosed with meningitis; all have been discharged. The other two cases did not require hospitalization.


Friday, September 5, 2014
Health Department Investigating New Meningitis Cases Among HIV-Positive Men Who Have Sex with Men
The Health Department is currently investigating a cluster of invasive meningococcal disease – commonly known as meningitis – among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Three cases of meningitis have occurred in Brooklyn and Queens since August 24, with the last two cases reported in the last three days. Meningitis is a severe bacterial infection that has a high fatality rate. A previous outbreak of meningococcal disease among men who have sex with men ended in February 2013 after 22 cases were reported, including seven fatal cases.

Opioid Data Brief

Thursday, August 28, 2014
New Data Show Drop In Opioid Analgesic Overdose Deaths in Staten Island But Overall Drug Overdoses Increased In New York City
The Health Department released new data today showing that, from 2010 to 2013, the rate of drug overdose deaths increased by 41 percent – from 8.2 per 100,000 New Yorkers to 11.6 per 100,000 New Yorkers. According to the new Epi Data Brief, 77 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2013 involved an opioid, including opioid analgesics (prescription painkillers), methadone, or heroin. On average, there is more than one fatal opioid overdose a day. Heroin plays an increasing role in overdose deaths in New York City, doubling from 3.1 per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2010 to 6.2 per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2013.

Pre-K Centers

Friday, August 22, 2014
In Run Up to First Day of School, New Health and Safety Initiatives Fix Hundreds of Violations at Pre-K Centers
The Health Department and the Department of Education announced major steps they have taken this summer to ensure every pre-K site meets the Health Department’s high standards of health and safety. Since implementing more frequent site visits of Community-Based Early Childhood Centers and more aggressive timelines for corrective action plans, the number of sites with outstanding violations has dropped dramatically. With two weeks remaining before the first day of school, just 12 sites remain with violations in need of immediate action that have not yet fully documented their compliance. Pre-K will be delivered at more than 1,100 sites this September.

Fruits or Vegetables

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Health Department Launches New Ad Campaign Encouraging New Yorkers to Grab A Snack of Fruits or Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are a delicious and affordable way for you and your family to eat healthy, and the Health Department wants to encourage New Yorkers to make healthy choices when grabbing a snack to eat on the go. The new “Take Me With You” ad campaign, which will be at bus stops, check cashing locations and on pole banners throughout the city, reminds New Yorkers that packing an apple, banana or some carrot sticks is an easy way to add fruits and vegetables to their diet instead of less healthy options.

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