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3. Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

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Obesity is epidemic in New York City and across the country. In the city, more than half of adults and 40% of children are overweight or obese and the burden is disproportionately borne by the poor. The Health Department is dedicated to making healthier choices as easy as possible for all New Yorkers by increasing access to healthy foods, reducing consumption of unhealthy foods and sugar-sweetened beverages, and promoting physical activity.

The Department’s work has already had a significant impact. Adults are drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages, eating more fruits and vegetables, and being more physically active. Children are encouraged to consume healthy foods and beverages in schools and child care centers with the implementation of new vending and nutrition standards. Given that national obesity rates are increasing, holding the current rate steady in New York City would be a meaningful accomplishment.

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Last Updated 1/31/13