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Are NYC's Beaches Safe? City Offers Free Texting Service So 'You Know Before You Go!'

The 'Know Before You Go' texting service allows subscribers to know if water conditions are safe before heading to NYC's beaches. Manhattan Beach. Photo credit: NYCparks.

Health Department, NYPD Warn Brooklyn Residents of Toxic K2 Batch After Overdoses

K2, a synthetic marijuana, can cause extreme anxiety and hallucinations, and can lead to kidney failure, raised blood pressure and death. K2, a synthetic marijuana, has triggered 84 overdoses since Saturday.
At Crown Heights Town Hall, Neighbors Unite to Combat Opioid Crisis in Brooklyn

At Crown Heights Town Hall, Neighbors Unite to Combat Opioid Crisis in Brooklyn

Studies have found that 56 percent of those who become addicted to painkillers found their drugs in their family's medicine cabinet Leaders in the Jewish and African-American communities held a town hall and panel discussion on the opioid epidemic in

Lead Levels in NYC Children Are Steadily Declining

Since 2005, NYC has seen an 89 percent reduction in the number of children under age 6. Photo credit: WNYC According to the New York City Health Department, the number of young children testing positive for lead is on a steady decline.

City Wants New Yorkers to Know: 'We're Here' for Your Mental Health

The health department's new 'We're Here' campaign aims to inform New Yorkers about the free mental health support available to them Photo credit: Charters Towers In an effort to change the conversation around mental health -- and to keep it going --

New Rule: NYC Food Chains Must Provide Extensive Calorie Labeling for Prepared Foods

As Americans consume one-third of total calories from foods prepared outside the home, it is important for them to know how many calories these foods contain, says the health department.

Brownsville's Wellness Fest Mixes Fun with Mental Health Awareness

The third annual Wellness Fest promoted making mental health and self-care a priority for your general wellbeing. The Wellness Fest offered Brownsville residents tons of information about caring for their mental wellbeing.

Free Training Opportunities for Community Health Workers in Brooklyn

The health department is hosting various training sessions to enhance the important work community health workers do for our communities.

'Let’s Talk Mental Health' Conference to Feature Education, Resources, Appearance by Girlfriends’ Star Jill Marie Jones

The conference offers information, resources and inspiration to confront the challenge of mental health issues in the Black community.

Future Nurses, Doctors Take over Kings County Hospital During 'Take your Child to Work Day'

The "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" campaign exposes children to professions in health care and inspires them to think about future careers RN Paul Douglas with a group of young visitors.