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Health Bucks

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Food Stamp Users Received more than $200,000 in Coupons for Fresh Produce through the City’s Health Bucks Program at Farmers’ Markets this Season
The Health Department and Human Resources Administration have distributed more than $200,000 in free coupons for fresh produce over the past four months, enabling food stamp users to eat healthfully while stretching the value of their federal nutrition subsidies. The produce coupons, known as Health Bucks, increase the value of food stamp benefits by 40% when redeemed at participating farmers’ markets in New York City. Whenever a customer spends $5 in food stamp benefits at a participating market, the customer receives a $2 Health Buck redeemable for fresh fruit and vegetables.

Excessive Drinking

Monday, November 15, 2010
New Health Department Report Highlights the Hazards of Excessive Drinking
How does alcohol affect the health of New Yorkers? A new report from Health Department suggests the toll is large and, by some measures, growing. Excessive drinking kills approximately 1,500 NYC adults each year, according to the new report, Health Consequences of Alcohol Use in New York City. Alcohol also contributes to a tenth of all hospitalizations in the city – nearly 100,000 each year – and prompts 78,000 visits to hospital emergency departments, with a rate that more than doubled between 2003 and 2009.

Cut the salt

Monday, November 8, 2010
New Campaign Urges New Yorkers to Cut the Salt, Choose Less Sodium
The Health Department unveiled a new campaign to urge consumers to compare labels and choose foods with less sodium. The sodium in salt is a major contributor to high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. Together, these conditions are the nation’s leading causes of preventable death, resulting in 23,000 deaths in New York City alone each year and more than 800,000 nationwide. The agency’s new public-awareness campaign, which includes posters in the subway system and a multilingual Health Bulletin, begins today and will run for two months.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Health Department Findings Show that Electronic Health Records Can Improve Health Care by Encouraging Preventive Services
Doctors who use electronic medical records do a better job of keeping their patients healthy. That is the upshot of a new Health Department analysis of 51 primary care practices in New York City. The analysis, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, was presented in Atlanta last week at a meeting of the Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change. Researchers examined health care interactions before and after clinicians in these practices started receiving prevention-oriented information and alerts through an electronic health-record system developed by the City’s Primary Care Information Project (PCIP).

New NYC condom wrapper

Friday, October 29, 2010
The Special-Edition Power Button NYC Condom Wrapper is Here!
The NYC Condom will don a new costume at the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. The condom’s new wrapper – chosen by popular vote after the Health Department asked New Yorkers to submit designs last winter – uses a familiar symbol to remind New Yorkers that they have the power to stop sexually transmitted infections and prevent unplanned pregnancies. The special limited-edition power button wrapper comes in two distinct colors.


Thursday, October 28, 2010
Health Department Announces an Eight-Year Decline in Smoking-Related Deaths in New York City as Smoking Remains at an All-Time Low
Fewer New Yorkers are dying as a result of smoking-related illnesses. A new analysis by the agency shows smoking-related deaths have declined by 17% in New York City during the past decade – from approximately 8,700 in 2002 to about 7,200 in 2009. Altogether, an estimated 6,300 lives were saved during this period as the smoking rate fell. The biggest reductions in smoking-related mortality occurred in cardiovascular disease (down 27%), cancer (down 9%) and respiratory disease (down 12%).

Baby names

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Health Department Announces New York City’s Favorite Baby Names for 2009
The results are in, and the winners are…Isabella and Jayden. The Health Department’s latest annual tally of New York City birth certificates shows that Isabella edged out Sophia in 2009 as the most popular name for baby girls, while Jayden held steady at number one for boys. Some 1,424 newborn New Yorkers were dubbed Isabella or Jayden last year, up from 1,364 in 2008.

Mayor Bloomberg

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson Propose Excluding Sugary Drinks from Food Stamp Purchases in New York City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Governor David A. Paterson unveiled an initiative to exclude sugar-sweetened beverages, the largest single contributor to the obesity epidemic, from the list of allowable purchases through the nation’s food stamp program. Under the proposal, City food stamp recipients would continue to receive the same amount of government-funded benefits, but would not be able to use food stamps to buy sugar-sweetened beverages for two years. The initiative is part of the larger citywide strategy to improve nutrition of all New Yorkers.

Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Farley

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Farley Get Flu Shots and Urge All New Yorkers to Get Vaccinated Before Flu Season Arrives
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined Health Commissioner Thomas Farley at the Sedgwick Pharmacy in the Bronx to get his flu shot, and urged all New Yorkers to get vaccinated before flu season officially begins in New York City. Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection that, together with pneumonia, kills thousands of New Yorkers every year. Besides safeguarding people from days or weeks of sickness, the vaccine can prevent unnecessary school absences, doctor visits and hospitalizations. And unlike last year, there is no need to receive two different shots. This year’s vaccine also protects against 2009 H1N1.

Man eating sugar

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Health Department’s New Anti-Obesity Video Shows What it Means to Drink Sugar
In a continuing effort to educate New Yorkers about the potentially serious health effects of consuming sugary drinks, the Health Department has launched the second Internet video of its “Pouring On the Pounds” campaign. The 50-second spot features the same young man, seated at a lunch counter and blithely stuffing his mouth with packets of sugar while other diners look on in horror. The irony is that they’re taking in just as much – if not more – from the sweetened sodas they’re sipping.

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