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About the Partnership

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About the Focus Areas

Why these focus areas?

The goal of the Partnership is to significantly reduce chronic disease in New York City. So, what causes chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes? The answer is in our four focus areas. The research shows that the leading actual causes of death in this country are due to tobacco use, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption.

By addressing these four focus areas we can have a significant impact on the health and quality of life of all New Yorkers and decrease many of the chronic diseases that plague our city and country.

What is “environmental change”?

It’s hard to help all 8+ million New Yorkers be healthier, one person at a time. That’s why The Partnership for a Healthier New York City is instead focusing on transforming the environments in which people live, work, learn and play, to make it easier to live a healthy lifestyle. Factors in these different environments encourage or discourage different health behaviors.

Here’s an example: A doctor tells a woman to eat less salt because her blood pressure is too high, but if her local food store only sells high-salt foods, it will be hard for her to eat less salt. If the store starts selling low-salt products, it will now be easier for the woman to eat less salt and lower her blood pressure. In this example, creating the environmental change means working with the store owner to offer reduced-salt products. This change has an impact on more than just one woman—it affects all customers who shop at that store.

Of course, it’s important for individuals to take action and make decisions about their own health—seeing a doctor when needed, for instance. But environmental change can make it easier to follow what the doctor recommends. It makes it easier for everyone to choose a healthier lifestyle. So environmental change can help more people than any one doctor could. It gives us the support to do what makes each individual healthier.

Effective environmental change also can help reduce health disparities—when people from different racial and ethnic groups suffer more often from chronic diseases, for instance. Environmental change breaks down barriers to being able to make healthy choices and supports healthier behaviors. The goal is to make healthy living easier, safer and more affordable for everyone—no matter who you are or where you live.

The Four Focus Areas

Healthy Eating Not eating healthy food and eating too many calories can lead to obesity. Almost three in five New Yorkers are overweight or obese—which can lead to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and early death. How can the Partnership help turn this dangerous trend around? Some ways include supporting programs that bring healthier food to communities and workplaces.
Click here to get the citywide facts on healthy eating.
Haz clic aquí para obtener mas información sobre la alimentaciόn sana.
Active Living Having an active lifestyle doesn’t mean just hitting the gym. It can be as simple as walking and biking instead of driving or taking a taxi, using the stairs instead of the elevator and decreasing the amount of TV you watch. Daily physical activity could prevent the deaths of more than 6,000 New Yorkers per year, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene—and your body will thank you. The Partnership wants to make it easier for New Yorkers to lead an active lifestyle through promoting existing opportunities and creating new, safe ways for New Yorkers to be active.
Click here to get the citywide facts on active living.
Haz clic aquí para obtener mas información sobre la vida activa.
Tobacco-Free Living Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in New York City. Not only is it important to help people quit, but it is also important to limit people’s exposure to secondhand smoke. The Partnership will work with stakeholders to make this possible in each borough.
Click here to get the citywide facts on tobacco use.
Haz clic aquí para obtener mas información sobre uso de tabaco.
Drink Water The Partnership for a Healthier New York City’s healthy beverage promotion materials are on display at community events, partner organizations, and in MTA bus shelters throughout the summer of 2016.
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