Healthy Eating and Obesity
Among NYC kids (ages 5 to 14), childhood obesity decreased 5.5% (from 21.9% in 2006-07 to 20.7 percent in 2010-11), while in the rest of the country the rate continued to rise.
Reported sugar sweetened beverage consumption dropped 13% from 2008 to 2012.
The Bloomberg administration banned trans fats from restaurants to help prevent heart disease. A study that examined lunch purchases before and after the ban was imposed found an average drop of 2.4 grams of trans fat. In 2013, the Federal government announced that it would ban trans fats in nearly all foods.
In 2008, the Bloomberg administration required calorie posting at chain restaurants to help consumers make more informed choices. Subsequently, the Federal government adopted a similar rule applying to chain restaurants across the United States.
The National Salt Reduction Initiative, a partnership of over 90 city and state health authorities and organizations coordinated by New York City, aimed to lower sodium in foods by 25% over a five year period through voluntary corporate commitments. Twenty-one companies met their voluntary pledge to 2012 sodium reduction targets.
The City’s first formal food standards ensured that the 225 million snacks and meals served annually by City agencies were healthier than ever. New York City was the first major city in the country to set nutrition standards for all foods purchased or served.
This program allowed anyone spending $5 worth of food stamps at a farmers’ to market receive a $2 Health Buck coupon.
Four supermarkets opened in “food deserts” through the FRESH (Food Retail Expansion to Promote Health) program.
Mayor Bloomberg signed local law 9, which establishes 1,000 permits for the green cart program to provide fresh produce through mobile food carts.
Programs and education campaigns were created to encourage New Yorkers to incorporate physical activity throughout their day, including “Make NYC Your Gym,” a campaign encouraging New Yorkers to take advantage of the many opportunities for physical activity throughout the City.