Officials unveil comprehensive health plan for Bronx and city

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials unveiled a plan Wednesday aimed at making Bronx and city residents healthier. Officials say it is the most comprehensive health plan the city has ever had.

The plan is called "Take care of New York," and it focuses on 10 key steps to help improve the health of all New Yorkers. Dr. Thomas Friedan, commissioner of the NYC Health Department, says the plan looks to get people to take responsibility for their health. Officials want more people to be screened for HIV and cancer, to stop smoking and to go for regular doctor visits.

One key area of focus for the plan is the South Bronx, which Friedan says is an area that has the poorest health in the entire city. Health officials will work closely with South Bronx doctors on issues affecting the community, such as colon cancer. They will also be reaching out to young moms in the area.

Friedan says funding for the plan will rely partly on programs that are already in place. He says if more people and health care providers follow the plan, it should not only help save lives, but it should also reduce the cost of health care.

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