Live Longer, New York

“Manhattan stands out,” says Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, who is the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. The life expectancy of Manhattan residents has increased more than any other county since 1985. The top 12 increases also included Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.

While changes in income sometimes reflected similar changes in life expectancy, it wasn’t consistent enough to be considered a direct cause. Rather, most believe the increase in years come from the city’s “drive to implement smoking bans, trans fat bans, and to make the city more amenable to physical activity and health food choices.”

New York city’s “early and aggressive” treatments of AIDS also have a direct effect on residents living longer lives.

Men in Brooklyn are experiencing an average of 10 more years, and 6 more years for women (ranking third).

The Bronx (ranking fourth) show women living 6 more years and men living 10 more years.

Queens (ranking eleventh) reflected women living 6 years longer and 9 years for men.

“New Yorkers today are living longer and healthier than ever before, and substantially longer than people in the rest of the country, in part because of the public health initiatives to combat H.I.V. infection, heart disease, cancer, smoking, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, the city’s health commissioner.

The commissioner plans on tackling obesity and diabetes next.

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