State Health and Agriculture Commissioners Commemorate National Nutrition Month and Kick off Spring Farmers’ Market Season in New York State

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Agencies Highlight New and Existing Initiatives to Help New Yorkers Live Healthier Lives - Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today held a press conference in Rochester to commemorate National Nutrition Month in New York State. At the event, which took place at the Rochester Public Market, the Commissioners kicked off spring farmers’ market season in New York and highlighted some of the initiatives offered by a number of state agencies to help New Yorkers live longer and healthier lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults in New York are including fruit in their diet only once a day and vegetables one to two times a day. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans designed by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services recommends consuming five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Read more…

5 Million Outstanding Tax Returns and 3 Weeks to Go! - 900 Free Tax Preparation Sites Available to Low and Middle-Income New Yorkers

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Appointments still available at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites prior to April 15th - Two state agencies joined with local organizations today to remind eligible New Yorkers there is still time to get free tax assistance at hundreds of locations across the state. In the three weeks remaining until the April 15 income tax deadline, half of New York taxpayers – 5 million individuals and families – will be filing their returns.

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance also highlighted tax credits that can provide a significant financial boost to low-income working families. Read more…

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