NYC Healthy Neighborhoods

NYC Healthy Neighborhoods is a blog maintained by the NYC Health Department’s three District Public Health Offices (DPHOs) in Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Here you will find local news, events, resources, and program updates from the DPHOs and our community partners.

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Attention NYC residents! 

Vision Zero, New York City’s effort to improve road safety and reduce traffic deaths, is seeking public input. 

Vision Zero invites New Yorkers to add their experiences with road safety conditions on the interactive Vision Zero map

Comments submitted through July 31, 2014 will be used in creating a traffic safety plan for each borough.

Traffic safety is not only a public safety concern, but also a key health concern.  Each year, traffic crashes kill more than 250 people in New York City, and seriously injure more than 4,000. Traffic deaths are the leading cause of injury death for children 1-14 years old and the second leading cause of injury death for seniors.

Please take a few moments to comment on the streets where you live and work. YOU can help make New York City’s roads safer!

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Asthma and the Environment

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways that carry oxygen in and out of the lungs. If a person has asthma, the inside of these airways is irritated and swollen. Asthma can cause shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and tightness in the chest. For some people, asthma symptoms only appear when they are exposed to something that irritates their breathing. Others have a kind of asthma that makes breathing difficult all of the time.

Asthma attacks have been linked to exercise, respiratory infections and exposure to environmental factors such as allergens, tobacco smoke, and indoor and outdoor air pollution. Asthma attacks can be reduced by taking medication and avoiding exposure to known triggers.

A number of studies have reported associations between air pollution exposures and asthma. For example, researchers have found an association between increased hospital admissions for asthma and particulate matter, an outdoor air pollutant.

(From CDC)

Attention NYC residents! 

Vision Zero, New York City’s effort to improve road safety and reduce traffic deaths, is seeking public input. 

Vision Zero invites New Yorkers to add their experiences with road safety conditions on the interactive Vision Zero map

Comments submitted through July 31, 2014 will be used in creating a traffic safety plan for each borough.

Traffic safety is not only a public safety concern, but also a key health concern.  Each year, traffic crashes kill more than 250 people in New York City, and seriously injure more than 4,000. Traffic deaths are the leading cause of injury death for children 1-14 years old and the second leading cause of injury death for seniors.

Please take a few moments to comment on the streets where you live and work. YOU can help make New York City’s roads safer!

Come out and play! Play Streets 2014 is here and ready for you! On each of these Play Streets throughout NYC, kids enjoy FREE games, sports, races, and other types of physical activities! Read below to find a Play Street near you!  

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NYC Play Streets season is underway!

Each summer, quieter neighborhood blocks in NYC become car-free zones. These streets provide children and communities with a safe outdoor space for engaging in active play and physical activity! Every Play Street location is made possible by a local community organization.

Bring your family to one of the Play Streets below today!

Brooklyn

Irving Place/Fulton St. & Putnam Ave. on Monday-Friday 8A-5P thru 9/5

Moffat/Knickerbocker Ave & Wilson Ave. on Monday-Friday 9A-5P thru 8/29

Christopher St./Sutter Ave. & Belmont Ave. on Monday-Friday 9A-5P thru 8/29

Jerome St./Liberty Ave & Atlantic Ave Monday-Friday 8A-5P thru 8/29

Bronx

Kingsbridge Terrace/Summit Pl. & Perot St. on Fridays 10A-2P thru 8/22

Jennings St./Prospect Avenue/ & Chislom Street on Monday-Friday 9A-5P thru 8/29

Manhattan

170th St/ Ft. Washington & Haven Avenue on Tuesdays 10:30A-3:30P through 8/12

Pinehurst/179th St. and 180th St on Wednesdays 10:30A-3:30P thru 8/13

Hamilton Pl. West  136th St. & West 138th on Tuesdays  10A-2P thru 8/26

101st Street between Lexington Ave. & Park Ave on Monday- Friday 8A-5P thru 8/22

Queens

Shore Avenue/Remington St. & Pinegrove St. on Wednesdays 10A-4P thru 8/27

90th Avenue/191st & 192nd St. on Monday-Friday 9A-3P thru 8/29

Shore Avenue/Remington St. & Pinegrove St. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays thru 8/29

Learn more about Play Streets and find out how your community can apply for a Play Street location.

The Brooklyn DPHO along with the NYC Department of Transportation and community groups in North and Central Brooklyn have collaborated to study and promote active transportation (walking and biking) in their neighborhoods. In a recent NYC Health Department study (discussed in the NY1 report above), results show that bike lanes in low-income communities are being used by residents and may help improve neighborhood health.

Click HERE to read the results of the study of bike lane use in low-income urban neighborhoods. 

For more information about biking in NYC, please click here.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23rd, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Yankee manager Joe Girardi will be at Thomas Jefferson Pool in East Harlem to promote FREE summer meals! The Summer Meals program is open to all NYC children 18 and under. No registration, documentation, or ID is required for children to receive the free meals. Simply bring your child to a participating location to receive their meal.
There are many summer meal sites available including public schools, libraries, pools, parks and mobile trucks. Click here or text “NYCMeals” to 877-877 to find a free summer meal location near you! 

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23rd, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Yankee manager Joe Girardi will be at Thomas Jefferson Pool in East Harlem to promote FREE summer meals! The Summer Meals program is open to all NYC children 18 and under. No registration, documentation, or ID is required for children to receive the free meals. Simply bring your child to a participating location to receive their meal.

There are many summer meal sites available including public schools, libraries, pools, parks and mobile trucks. Click here or text “NYCMeals” to 877-877 to find a free summer meal location near you! 

Last week in Bed-Stuy, the Brooklyn DPHO along with Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley, Council member Robert Cornegy and Community Board 3 District Board Manager Henry Butler attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to offically open the Marcy Plaza Farmers’ Market.

Marcy Plaza will be open every Wednesday from 10-5 p.m. until the end of October.

This Friday, July 18th marks Nelson Mandela’s birthday. To honor his memory, the Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn is hosting the 2014 Nelson Mandela International Day of Service- to inspire a day of peace, health and wellness. 

For more information about this event, please email brooklynmandeladay@gmail.com

Last week, the Bronx District Public Health Office, along with Senator Gustavo Rivera, Public Health Solutions, and the Community Health Network, unveiled a new mural for the Neighborhood WIC Center in East Tremont, Bronx.

The mural unveiling took place at the East Tremont Healthy Families Day—an event where families toured La Familia Verde farmers’ market and the Community Health Network Health Center! 

For more information about this event and the Community Health Network, please visit www.chnnyc.org or call 886-246-8259.

Attention new and expecting moms in Brooklyn! Ancient Song Doula Services is offering an Infant Feeding Group every other Thursday beginning this Thursday, July 17th. The Infant Feeding Group is a breastfeeding education and support group that encourages new and expecting moms and community members to support breastfeeding.

For more information, please call (917) 947-8933