News flash – New Yorkers (NY-ers) live longer than the U.S.’ national average life span. Men’s Health reported that the average life span of a NY-er is 80.6 years, that’s three years longer than the U.S. national average. Most importantly, between 1989 and 2009, the NY-er life span grew by 13 years!
Recall Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed soda ban this year?
He might have been onto something. Studies have shown that consumption of sugary beverages lead to greater risks of heart attacks (yikes!) Mayor Bloomberg also supported the calorie count display in public restaurants, so you are constantly reminded that a Big Mac and fries tally well over 1,000 calories. The Men’s Health article also highlighted that cities with more bike lanes have more people who are likely to bike to work (if you build it they will come!).
I saw a piece a while back on NBC Nightly News that more outdoor gyms, or adult playgrounds as they’re calling them, are popping up in major cities, allowing adults to stay in shape free of charge. Here’s the video.
Lastly, just this week the Washington Post commuter paper reported the findings of a study, first of its kind, that junk food laws can curb childhood obesity. Some call all of these bans/proposals an intrusion in our lives; but, if we’re living longer, healthier and happier lives, and living in better communities, what’s so controversial about that? Have a great week. Cheers.