A new report now ranks New York with the 10th lowest adult obesity rate in the nation (The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America)…sounds great, right? Wrong! New York's adult obesity rate is 25.4 percent, up from 21.2 percent in 2004 and from 9.3 percent in 1990. Obesity is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, and the new report stresses the need to reverse a dangerous trend. This trend can be changed if New York State takes a proactive stance to fight obesity. The findings are troubling and highlight public policy areas that can help families and children live healthier lives. What can New York do more to promote healthy lifestyles?
- Let’s ensure affordable healthy food is available in underserved areas
- Increase Physical Education times – we know healthy kids perform better.
- Eating out? We still need nutritional guidelines for our kids’ restaurant meals.
- Take out the trans fat – these secret fats are hiding in meals near you.
- Promote and fund programs to help New Yorkers eat healthy and be physically active.