Building Healthy Communities will invest in neighborhoods to nurture healthy New Yorkers.
Lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating are major contributors to obesity and chronic diseases. More than 50 percent of New York City adults are overweight or obese, and 1 in 5 kindergarten students is obese.1
In partnership with residents, Building Healthy Communities will install adult exercise equipment, create pedestrian plazas, provide free exercise classes, and establish paths that encourage walking, running and biking.
In some high-poverty neighborhoods, only 1 in 10 residents eat the nationally recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables daily – half the rate of the highest-income neighborhoods.2
Building Healthy Communities will bring together a wide range of partners to build food-producing urban farms, establish farmers markets, support and build community and school gardens to increase access to affordable fresh food.
Children of parents who report anxiety about neighborhood safety get less exercise. Studies have shown that adolescent girls living near high-crime areas participate in less outdoor physical activity.3
Building Healthy Communities will redesign public spaces with public safety in mind, including installing lighting and cameras and extending hours of community centers.