New Yorkers Need to Get Serious about Getting Active: New Report

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FROM THE URBAN HEALTH MATTERS BLOG BY ELLIE DEGARMO New Yorkers are exercising less than they did five years ago and at a rate below that of the average American. That’s what a newly released Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) report tells us. BRFSS, an annual nationwide survey, assessed physical activity among American adults by measuring Leisure-Time Physical Activity …

Paving the Road for Expansive Policies, the Complete Streets List is In

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People everywhere are demanding safer, innovative streets for their towns. One of the ways to go about this is to come up with new transportation policies that will accommodate every citizen, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and ability. The top 15 best policies to enhance localities’ roads for 2016 were named earlier this month. In 2004, the community planning and advocacy organization Smart Growth America launched …

A 750 Mile Plan to Safer Cycling and Better Health

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Increasing cardiovascular health, building muscle strength, enhancing flexibility, promoting joint mobility, reducing stress and anxiety…this is by no means an exhaustive list but gives you an idea of the health benefits that come with cycling. Cycling is a cheap, fun, and low-impact form of exercise that people of all ages can enjoy to …

New York’s Journey to Safe and Complete Streets

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate The bad news? Between 2005 and 2014, there were 3,007 pedestrian deaths in New York State. The good news? New York’s Pedestrian Death Index has decreased since 2014, meaning that it has become safer for pedestrians. This is despite the fact that, on average, states across the nation have actually become more dangerous …

Placemaking Our Way to Healthier Communities and Better Lives

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate As reported by the County Health Rankings, only 20% of our health is determined by the clinical care that we receive. The remaining 80% is based on our health behaviors (30%), socioeconomic factors (40%), and physical environment (10%). With factors like education, employment, income, social support, community safety, housing, transit, and capacity to …