Health & Fitness

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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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Today’s the Day to Quit Smoking

Every year in November, The American Cancer Society hosts The Great American Smokeout – a day to encourage smokers to quit or to begin putting a plan in place to quit smoking. For a smoker, cutting out cigarettes is never easy, but there are many resources available to help encourage success. Read how quitting smoking improved the health and lifestyle of Dawn Burgess, a NYCHA resident and employee.


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NYCHA Fun Run Tours Brownsville, Brooklyn

Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye, Fund for Public Housing President Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, other NYCHA staff, NYCHA Youth Leadership Council participants, and community members kicked off the first annual NYCHA Fun Run with a spirited jog from Howard Houses to Armstrong Houses on October 27.



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