Too many New Yorkers are overweight or obese. In October, HHC’s Take Care New York public health campaign urges New Yorkers to “Commit to Be Fit” by eating healthy foods and exercising to fight illness and obesity.
Each year HHC celebrates Take Care New York to provide residents with the opportunity to get healthier and prevent disease. At screening events in every borough, New Yorkers are offered testing, education and vaccinations at little or no cost.
This year the “Commit to Be Fit” theme underscores the fact that the best way to take care of yourself is to stay healthy in the first place, by eating smarter and being physically active. Many events will hold “Commit to Be Fit” activities where attendees can get their blood pressure taken, find out their Body Mass Index (BMI), and take a three-minute cardiovascular fitness test. Everyone who participates in the three “Commit to Be Fit” screenings will receive a prescription for next steps and a free pedometer.
As in previous years, HHC hospitals and health centers will offer screenings for some of the most pervasive chronic diseases affecting New Yorkers such as asthma, diabetes and HIV. Flu shots, childhood immunizations, nutritional counseling, and other preventative measures will also be offered.
To find a Take Care New York event near you, go to TCNY 2012 page.