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How New York Ranks

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report, State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America came out September 12th. The report shows us that we've made strides, but we still have significant health issues we need to improve for our residents.

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According to the report, adult obesity remained stable in New York at 25.7%, 31.8% of children aged 10-17 are considered overweight, and 12.4% of high schoolers are overweight. For more information, you can find the report's findings HERE.

While New York's rates aren't the best, they also aren't the worst which is a good indication that all of our work aimed at reducing obesity, diabetes, and hypertension is effective. However, more than that, it is a good reminder that we still need to pressure our elected officials to make public health a priority, whether it be through funding budget initiatives, or passing laws that make healthy food easily accessible to all, and make the healthy choice the easy choice.

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