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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is one of the largest public health agencies in the world, serving a diverse population of 8 million New Yorkers. With over 200 years of leadership in the field, it's one of the nation's oldest public health agencies. Over the past decade, its groundbreaking initiatives have helped cut smoking rates, expand access to nutritious food, extend the reach of primary health care and improve life expectancy—which has grown by almost 3 years since 2000 and is almost 2-and-a-half years above the national average. The NYC Health Department upholds its traditions, while successfully adapting to constantly changing health challenges to help all New Yorkers live longer, healthier lives.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death independent of race or ethnicity in both men and women in New York City. In 2009, 20,000 New Yorkers died from heart disease and 1,400 died from stroke. Of those, almost one third were under age 75. The NYC Department of Health strongly supports the Million Hearts™ initiative and is dedicated to helping residents live tobacco-free and heart-healthy lives. Through "Take Care New York", the city's comprehensive health policy agenda, the Department officially supports Million Hearts™ by:

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