If you’re concerned about visiting, or even moving, to New York City because of the stereotypical unhealthy lifestyle people lead there, you may want to rethink your assumptions. According to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the life expectancy rate has risen 3 years since 2000, reaching 80.6 years.
This number is more than 2 years higher than the national life expectancy rate, currently sitting at 78.2 years.
Life expectancy in the city has increased for 40-year-olds, up to 82 years in 2009 from 79.5 in 2000. 70-year-old New Yorkers had a 1.5 year increase up to 86.9, higher than the national average at 85.1.
Mayor Bloomberg has apparently made health a priority during his time in office, tackling issues such as smoking, salt consumption, and obesity.
However, those may not be the only reasons behind the increase in New Yorkers’ life expectancy. Officials reported that expanded HIV testing and treatment has also made a significant impact, which has lowered the number of deaths from HIV and AIDS. In 2010, HIV and AIDS mortality rates fell by 11.3 percent since 2009, and by 51.9 percent since 2002.
Deaths from cancer, heart disease, drugs, and infant mortality have also declined. For a good portion of the 20th century, New Yorkers fell pretty far behind the rest of the country in life expectancy. But now with a ban on smoking in many city areas, an increase in bike lanes, better access to high-quality health care, healthy food initiatives, and HIV and AIDS testing, New Yorkers are getting a better chance of enjoying a healthier lifestyle.
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