Brooklyn DPHO

The new speed limit in NYC is now 25 mph (unless otherwise noted). Drivers who drive 25 mph or slower are better able to avoid crashes. And, pedestrians who are struck by vehicles traveling at 25 mph are half as likely to die compared to pedestrians struck at 30 mph. 

For more information about the new 25 mph speed limit, and Vision Zero, click here.


Attention Brooklyn, Harlem, and Bronx residents! NYC Green Carts are here in your neighborhoods! NYC Green Carts are mobile food carts that sell fresh fruits and vegetables in areas with limited access to healthy foods. Here is a map of where NYC Green Carts operate throughout the city:

Interested in selling fruits and vegetables in your neighborhood? Click here to learn how to apply to become a NYC Green Cart vendor.

To learn more about the NYC Green Cart program, click here or call 311. 


Meet Carlos, owner of Dumont Deli & Grocery in East New York, Brooklyn. Carlos is trail-blazing the way to healthy food access and improving the health of his community by providing new and exciting healthy food options for his customers.  By participating in Shop Healthy NYC, Carlos received nutrition education and technical assistance in making his dream of a healthy store a reality. He even lost 20 pounds in the process!

Stop in to Dumont Deli & Grocery for a healthy sandwich of turkey, lettuce, tomato and mustard on whole wheat bread. Ditch the chips and make it a combo with fruit and a bottle of water!

Shopping for dinner? Look for low-sodium canned beans, veggies, and soups, brown rice, and other whole grain products. And don’t forget to check out the abundant fresh produce, including plantains, yucca, pumpkin, mango, avocados, and more!

Hungry? Carlos offers a variety of healthy snacks – choose from fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and granola bars.

Carlos has gone above and beyond the requirements of Shop Healthy NYC program, demonstrating his commitment to supporting the health of his community. Show your support! Visit Carlos and Dumont Deli & Grocery at 690 Linwood Street, Brooklyn, NY. 

For more information about Shop Healthy NYC, click here

Photography made possible by a PolicyLink project focusing on healthy food access


Meet Miguel, owner of Luna Grocery on the corner of Hegeman Avenue and Fountain Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn.  Miguel is committed to supporting the health of the community by providing a great amount of healthy food in his store.  Miguel actively participates in Shop Healthy NYC and received free nutrition education and technical assistance to improve his store to the best that it can be.

Whether you are shopping for lunch, dinner, or just a snack, Luna Grocery has a healthy choice for you!  Check out the sandwiches on whole wheat bread and meal combos with fruit.  Whole grain pasta and cereals, brown rice, low-sodium canned beans, vegetables and soups are always available here. Nuts, trail mix, and canned fruit in 100% juice are some great snacks. You can see the beautiful selection of fresh fruits and vegetables as soon as you walk in the door. 

One of the specialties here is fresh, juicy, cut-up fruit that makes a convenient and delicious snack!  Luna Grocery makes it easy to find healthy options for you and your family, especially by having water and low-calorie drinks at eye level in all of the refrigerators, and nutritious additions like nuts or fruit at the checkout counter. Look for the Shop Healthy NYC signs all throughout the store.

Luna Grocery also accepts EBT and WIC coupons, with qualified products clearly marked. 

Thank you Miguel for making the healthy choice the easy choice at Luna Grocery!

Show your support! Visit Miguel at Luna Grocery at 1082 Hegeman Ave. Brooklyn, NY.

Photography made possible by a PolicyLink project focusing on healthy food access.


To kick off National Breastfeeding Month, the Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone along with Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center WIC Program, and Council member Robert E. Cornegy hosted the Sixth Annual Breastfeeding Walk on August 1, 2014. 

The 2.3 mile walk throughout Bedford-Stuyvesant, was completed by 100 mothers, fathers, children and supporters alike, and achieved one of the Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone’s messages: to mobilize communities to provide local breastfeeding support and promotion. 

For more information about breastfeeding, please click here or call 311. 


Have you decided to become a breastfeeding family or are considering the possibility?  Getting breastfeeding off to a great start requires knowing the facts and knowing you are supported. The Office of NYC Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr. #36CD, the Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone, an Initiative of the New York City Department of Health, and Worksites for Wellness want to show that we have a shared commitment to the health and well-being of every child and family in the community.

Join us along with some of the First Ladies of Brooklyn at the official opening of Brooklyn’s first Community Lactation Station, Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 from 11:00am – 3:00pm at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza – 1360 Fulton St. Suite 500, Brooklyn, NY 11216.  Visit community partners and agencies in the West Plaza who can answer your breastfeeding questions and be a part of your support team.

The Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone is a new initiative of the Brooklyn District Public Health Office that seeks to develop community solutions that address the low rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration in Central Brooklyn.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, invited guest First Lady Chirlane McCray will not be able to join this event. 

For more information contact:  718-919-0740 or

This Saturday, June 7th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is the Brooklyn Community Health Expo! The event will be held outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center on Ashland Place (btwn Dekalb and Willoghby St)

Come on down on Saturday for FREE health screenings and education, food, pony rides, rock climbing, double dutch, Hot 97 DJ, gift bags, and more!  

For more information call 718-250-8344


Over 40 Brooklynites, including the Brooklyn District Public Health Office, showed up to Purelements An Evolution in Dance’s first annual Bike East Ride. Bike East is a 15 mile ride built on 3 pillars of impact:

  1. Community Empowerment: People working together on common challenges
  2. Cycling Advocacy: Introducing cycling as a recreation, a commuting option and/or as a sport
  3. Healthy lifestyle: Health is a basic necessity in order to progress in life.

The New York City Police Department escorted the group from Linden Park in East New York to the Jamaica Bay Greenway.

Many of the riders had not ridden a bike in years. And, when given the option to cut the ride short because of the rain, an enthusiastic cheer emerged from the crowd that they would keep going!

At Floyd Bennett field, the National Parks Service greeted riders with granola bars, bananas, and a free pass to any of the National Parks!

The Brooklyn District Public Health Office, Transportation Alternatives, and St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church were among the many groups that participated in the bike ride. 

For more information about this event, please contact the Brooklyn District Public Health Office at 718-637-5302 or email 

For tips on biking in New York City, please visit click here.
The A-Train Breastfeeders | The Brooklyn Reader

Check out Assistant Commissioner of the Brooklyn DPHO, Dr. Aletha Maybank’s article in the Brooklyn Reader! In it she writes about the Breastfeeding Caravan that took place last week to raise awareness and support of breastfeeding, especially a woman’s right to do so in public. 

For more information about breastfeeding and the law that protects a woman’s right to feed her child in public, please visit or email 

JOIN US for a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Open House!

On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, at 6 p.m. the YMCA in Flatbush will be hosting an Open House for members of the community to learn about the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) available in New York City.

In an effort to prevent diabetes in New York City, the Department of Health is working with clinical and community partners to enroll 3,000 people in the DDP. Please join us at the open house to learn more about this program designed to prevent diabetes.

To register for this event, please click here

For more information, please contact Victoria Foster at or call 347-396-4321