Health & Fitness

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Residents Take the Smoke-Free Pledge

In December, at Redfern Houses in Queens, Youth Leadership Council (YLC) members showed residents the NYC


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NYCHA & ThriveNYC Visit Queensbridge

NYCHA worked with ThriveNYC to spread mental health awareness to public housing residents in Queens during City Hall in Your Borough week, October 22 through 26. The City of New York is committed to partnering with communities and changing the culture around mental health.


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Simple Summer Recipes from the Farms

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of all the fresh produce available at your local farmers’ market or one of six Farms at NYCHA.


NYCHA Goes Smoke-Free

NYCHA developments are now smoke-free, a policy that provides healthier homes for residents and healthier working environments for employees.


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New NYCHA Farm in Staten Island

Mariners Harbor Houses is home to NYCHA’s newest farm, which will provide residents and other members of the community with free, fresh, and local produce.


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Community Conversations on Smoke-Free NYCHA

By Marvin Jean-Jacques, Program
Manager, NYCHA Health Initiatives

If you haven’t already heard, all public housing across the country—including NYCHA homes—will go smoke-free as of July 30, 2018, following a requirement from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.


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To Quit Smoking, It Takes a Village

Johnson Houses resident Patricia Young was a long-time smoker who, thanks to a quitting smoking workshop with Harlem Health Advocacy Partners, is now on the road to better health.


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Dr. Mary T. Bassett Talks Numbers

The NYCHA Journal talks to New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett about the “Your Number” Campaign. ​


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NYCHA Is Going Smoke-Free!

Join us for a Facebook Live discussion on Thursday, February 8 at 12 noon. Learn about the smoke-free policy, upcoming lease changes, and resources that can help smokers quit.



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Smoke-Free NYCHA: Coming July 2018

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires all public housing authorities (PHA) to go smoke-free by July 30, 2018.

Here’s what you need to know.

What does HUD require?



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