According to research released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, obesity rates among New York City children appear to be falling. The City reports a 5.5 percent decline in obesity for grades K-8 between the 2006-07 and 2010-11 school years.
In a series of health policy briefs, RWJF is shining a light on eleven cities that are showing “Signs of Progress.” RWJF showcased multiple programs in New York, including the NYC Green Cart Initiative, explaining that a multilayered approach can have a greater impact than individual initiatives. The City’s strategies include:
• requiring group child-care centers to improve nutrition and nutrition education, increase physical activity and limit screen time;
• bringing fresh produce to city neighborhoods with Green Carts;
• offering Health Bucks that enable lower-income families to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets;
• providing architects and urban designers with guidelines for designing buildings, streets and urban spaces that support physical activity;
• requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus; and
• helping teachers incorporate physical activity through the school day with “Move-to-Improve” guidelines.