We’re celebrating the New York City Council for putting New Yorkers’ health first and funding vital initiatives to help New Yorkers stay active no matter where they live.
The American Heart Association received some exciting news this week: Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council have agreed to a city budget that prioritizes New Yorkers’ health! We’re celebrating new funding in Fiscal Year 2018 for both the Manhattan Greenway and physical education, two initiatives that we have advocated for in recent weeks – and even years! – with your support.
The city has committed new funding to two important initiatives for active living: $100 million to close one of the gaps along the greenway on the east side of Manhattan, as well as $105.5 million to create space for physical education (PE) in the 76 schools that currently have no PE space.
Our work is never done, so while we’re celebrating these victories in the city budget, we’re also looking ahead to needed initiatives like closing all the gaps on the Manhattan Greenway, making healthy drinks the default option in kids’ meals, and increasing access to healthy foods in all neighborhoods.
New Yorkers from every neighborhood in every borough deserve the opportunity to access healthy food and live an active lifestyle. We’re grateful the city has committed to making a lasting positive impact for the children and families in New York City in their budget priorities.