Health & Fitness

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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. ​


three people who are speaking about NYCHA going smoke free.
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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Swimming with Bluefish

The nonprofit Friends of + Pool and NYCHA have partnered for the second summer in a row to provide the Bluefish Swim Program, a program focused on making sure more kids living in public housing have the opportunity to learn to swim.


Children playing in the sprinklers at a playground.

Extreme heat is no joke. Every summer, New Yorkers get sick from it, and it can even be fatal. Here are some important tips to deal with the heat this summer


Dr. Mary Bassett, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Talking Resident Health with Dr. Mary Bassett

Since 2014, Dr. Mary Bassett has made the health of New York City’s residents her top priority as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health
Beat the Blues

May is National Mental Health Month. From Mental Health America, here’s a tip for every day of the month to boost your spirits, lighten your load, and fill more of your days with joy.


An exterminator gets rid of bugs in NYCHA housing.
Bug Out!

In an effort to improve quality of life for residents, NYCHA is launching a new exterminator protocol this month.



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