Opportunities for physical activity have been designed out of the places we live, learn, work and play: from the elimination of PE classes in schools to the lack of sidewalks and safe parks in our neighborhoods to transportation policies that favor cars over people.
However, active living and active transportation are embedded in the daily lives of those living in dense urban cities like New York where residents are more likely to be pedestrians, bikers or public transportation riders than drivers. Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Combined with healthy eating, it can help reduce the risk of obesity and prevent a range of chronic diseases.
What we’re doing
The NYC Food & Fitness Partnership is committed to increasing our opportunities for active living. Our goals in this area include:
- Increasing the number of neighborhood areas (streets and intersections) that are safe from traffic and encourage walking.
- Increasing respect and appreciation for biking and walking among community residents.
- Increasing bicycle infrastructure in Central Brooklyn.
- Increasing the number of residents within a safe and enjoyable walking distance to an open space and integrate opportunities for recreation into neighborhoods.