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.

Join us on Saturday, October 4th for East Brooklyn’s first annual 15 mile bike tour! This event is FREE and open to the public. The tour begins with a bike ride throughout East Brooklyn communities then continues onto the Jamaica Bay Greenway. 

To register, please visit or call (347) 533-8933. 

Join us Sunday, October 12th at Restoration Plaza in Bed-Stuy for a fun run, walk, and bike ride! There is even a fun run for the kids! Visit to register. 

Children with asthma are at higher risk for breathing problems if infected with Enterovirus D68

How can I protect myself and my children from EV-D68?
These steps can protect against enteroviruses, including EV-D68, as well as other seasonal illnesses:
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer does not work against enteroviruses.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially if your hands are unwashed.
  • Do not kiss, hug or share food or drinks with someone who is sick.
  • Clean frequently-touched surfaces, including doorknobs and toys.
  • If you are sick, stay home so that you do not get other people sick.
  • Get vaccinated against influenza, another respiratory virus that is common in the fall and winter season. Getting infected with both EV-D68 and influenza at the same time could lead to severe respiratory illness.
What should people with asthma do?
  • Talk with your doctor about any concerns. If your child has asthma, make sure his or her treatment plan is up-to-date. 
  • If your doctor prescribes a long-term control asthma medication, take it regularly as prescribed. 
  • Carry your quick-relief medication at all times. If you have new or worse symptoms, talk to a doctor right away.
  • Get the flu vaccine as soon as possible.
  • If your child has asthma, make sure his or her teacher knows about the condition and is aware of how to respond to key symptoms.

Please click HERE for more information about Enterovirus. 

Meet Carlos, owner of Dumont Deli & Grocery in East New York, Brooklyn. Carlos is trail-blazing the way to healthy food access and improving the health of his community by providing new and exciting healthy food options for his customers.  By participating in Shop Healthy NYC, Carlos received nutrition education and technical assistance in making his dream of a healthy store a reality. He even lost 20 pounds in the process!

Stop in to Dumont Deli & Grocery for a healthy sandwich of turkey, lettuce, tomato and mustard on whole wheat bread. Ditch the chips and make it a combo with fruit and a bottle of water!

Shopping for dinner? Look for low-sodium canned beans, veggies, and soups, brown rice, and other whole grain products. And don’t forget to check out the abundant fresh produce, including plantains, yucca, pumpkin, mango, avocados, and more!

Hungry? Carlos offers a variety of healthy snacks – choose from fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and granola bars.

Carlos has gone above and beyond the requirements of Shop Healthy NYC program, demonstrating his commitment to supporting the health of his community. Show your support! Visit Carlos and Dumont Deli & Grocery at 690 Linwood Street, Brooklyn, NY. 

For more information about Shop Healthy NYC, click here

Photography made possible by a PolicyLink project focusing on healthy food access

Shop Healthy Bronx
Attention Bronx residents! Shop Healthy Bronx, a program that works with communities – including residents, food retailers, and food suppliers and distributors – to increase access to healthy foods, is moving into East Tremont, Bronx this fall! As we move into this neighborhood, we want to work in partnership with you and your community groups to help transform the food environment…one store at a time!

You’re invited to attend a Shop Healthy Bronx meeting taking place on Thursday, September, 25th from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1932 Arthur Ave, Room 203, Bronx, NY 10457. 

At the meeting, you can share your opinions, network, and help decide how to make sure all members of your community have access to high-quality, healthy foods. 

Please RSVP to by Saturday, September 20, 2014.  If you cannot attend the meeting but are interested in participating, please contact us at . 

For more information about Shop Healthy Bronx, please click here. 

Attention Harlem residents! Come to the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence (EHACE) on October 2 to get your free flu shot! See flyer above for details.

Everyone aged 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and even death. Getting a flu shot now can help reduce the risk of getting the flu this fall-winter season. Click here for information about the flu. 

Yesterday, at Bishop Sexton Head Start in Brooklyn we announced a new healthy eating initiative called “Farm to Preschool.” Now more families can access fresh fruits and vegetables across the city! 


Farm to Preschool Program Launches!

In partnership with GrowNYC and Corbin Hill Food Project, our new initiative brings affordable, locally grown produce to parents, kids and community members in neighborhoods across the city.

This pilot program is available at 11 New York City preschools. Each week, during the farmers’ market season (July through November), parents, staff and community members can purchase a produce box with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables at participating preschools. Prices range from $10 to $12, and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, Health Bucks, cash, credit and debit are accepted. 

Teachers at all 11 schools will use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Grow it, Try it, Like it” curriculum in the classroom to garden with children and give them hands on experience with seasonal fruits and vegetables as part of the program. In addition, caregivers will receive on-site nutrition education and food demonstrations. This includes lessons about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables and how to prepare simple and healthy recipes, such as “Leafy Greens with Apple Dressing” and “Red Pepper and White Bean Salad.”

Farm to Preschool Produce Box Locations

Sign up for a Corbin Hill Farm Share online or by visiting one of these locations on distribution day:

  • Child Center of New York Escalera Head Start, 169 West 87th Street, Manhattan, 10024
    Distribution on Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Child Center of New York, 60-02 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside, Queens, 11377
    Distribution on Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • United Community Day Care Center, Inc., 613 New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn, 11207
    Distribution on Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sign up for GrowNYCs Fresh Foodbox Program by visiting one of these locations on distribution day:

  • Union Johnson Early Learning Center, 1829 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, 10029
    Distribution on Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Hudson Guild Children’s Center, 459 West 26th Street, Manhattan, 10001
    Distribution on Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Belmont Community Day Care Center, 2340 Cambreleng Avenue, Bronx, 10458
    Distribution on Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • 1199 Future of America Learning Center, 2500 Creston Avenue, Bronx, 10468
    Distribution on Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Bishop Sexton Head Start, 933 Herkimer Street, Brooklyn, 11233
    Distribution on Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Ace Integration Head Start, 1419 Broadway, Brooklyn, 11221
    Distribution on Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visit our Farm to Preschool page for more information about the program! 

Attention Harlem residents! The 3rd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Drive & Community Celebration is scheduled for this Saturday, September 20th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The day’s event schedule is below:

Event Schedule

1 PM - Rally for reading! Your choice: La Casa Azul Bookstore (143 E. 103rd St. between Park and Lexington) or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Ave. at 156th). Bring (or buy) a favorite book in order to #RockThoseReads (publicly display your identity as a reader) AND a new or like-new children’s book to donate to a Harlem shelter.  

2 PM - Ready, set, go! Guided by knowledgeable community ambassadors past historic reading-related landmarks, enjoy delicious samples from TEN’s Literacy Across Harlem Day partner cafes! 

3 PM - Arrive at Marcus Garvey Park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, in the heart of Harlem, for an interactive, family-friendly community celebration of reading and writing!

For more event details please visit

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Join us for free cooking and nutrition classes at one of our farmers’ markets! Stellar Farmers’ Markets offer free, bilingual cooking and nutrition classes for adults. All class attendees get free tastings, recipes, and a $2 Health Bucks coupon that can be used at the farmers’ market.

For kids, we offer “Come See What’s Cookin’ KIDS”- another free, bilingual nutrition and food education class. At each class, kids (and their caregivers) get to taste the featured recipe and receive a $2 Health Bucks coupon. 

For more information, please visit and search “farmers markets.” To schedule and adult or kids’ workshop at a participating market, please email (and put “Schedule Workshop” in the subject line). 


Yesterday, Assistant Commissioner of the Brooklyn DPHO, Dr. Aletha Maybank and Assistant Commissioner of HIV/AIDS Prevention & Control, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, spoke at the Brooklyn Knows HIV Testing Initiative’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) workshop. The MOU workshop brought together Brooklyn Knows partners to discuss how they can more effectively create MOUs to expand the reach of the Brooklyn Knows HIV Testing Initiative. 

Brooklyn Knows is one of the largest HIV testing efforts in the country. This initiative aims to test Brooklyn residents who have never been tested for HIV and link HIV-positive individuals to quality care and supportive services. Over 85 community partners joined the Initiative in the first year alone and the list continues to grow. These partners share similar goals to:

Goal 1: Provide a voluntary HIV test for every Brooklyn resident who has never been tested.

Goal 2: Identify undiagnosed HIV-positive persons in Brooklyn and link them to care.

Goal 3: Make HIV testing a routine part of health care in Brooklyn.

For more information about Brooklyn Knows, please click HERE.