Create environments that encourage New Yorkers to be physically active regardless of age
Physical activity is beneficial for overall health and wellness, leading to lower risk of developing chronic diseases, greater cardiorespiratory fitness, stronger muscles, better bone strength, and higher self-esteem. Still, 33 percent of all adults and 43 percent of older adults in New York City fail to meet physical activity recommendations, putting them at higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and falls.
Residents living in poor or predominantly minority neighborhoods are less likely to have clean, safe, and attractive places to be physically active. Consequently, physical activity levels are often correlated with income, race, and neighborhood. In New York City, 37 percent of residents in very high-poverty neighborhoods fail to meet physical activity recommendations compared to 29 percent in low-poverty neighborhoods.