The American Heart Association eagerly anticipated the results of the CityHealth project by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the de Beaumont Foundation.
We knew that our New York City leaders would be recognized for having set the benchmark on many policies addressing health. We are excited that our city achieved gold medal status in so many areas.
However, there is still need for more action. Walkable communities with access to healthy foods ensure families can live healthier lives. While some neighborhoods are doing well in this aspect, others are disparately burdened. New York City can raise the bar for other cities by improving the number of protected bike lanes and dedicated pedestrian pathways – across all boroughs. We can also work to meet the AHA nutritional guidelines for all city food & beverage contracts.
Our city has always prided itself on prioritizing health in all policies. But good doesn’t mean good enough. The American Heart Association stands ready to work with our city’s leadership to help make our boroughs truly healthy communities.
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