Health & Fitness

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NYCHA Celebrates Kick Butts Day

On March 20, NYCHA recognized “Kick Butts Day” with multiple events at developments across the city. Led by Youth Leadership Council (YLC) members, Senior Champions, and partner organizations, the activities highlighted the dangers of smoking as well as NYCHA’s smoke-free policy.


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Ready to Improve Community Health

On February 25, NYCHA staff joined partners from the College of Staten Island and Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS) to celebrate five residents who completed Community Health Worker training and will soon be out in their communities helping residents navigate the healthcare system and working to improve health outcomes in Staten Island.


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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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