New York City is using multiple strategies to prevent obesity and improve health. To encourage consumption of healthy foods, the city is increasing the availability of fresh produce, promoting venues (e.g. farmers' markets, mobile vendors, local bodegas) where fruits and vegetables are sold, and making produce and tap water more accessible in schools. At the same time, the city is sponsoring major awareness campaigns to discourage consumption of unhealthy foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, and oversized portions. NYC is also working to set policies and create environments that reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and overly salted foods. And to get New Yorkers moving, the city is training thousands of teachers in physical education and promoting "active design" by planners and architects. It is also using communication campaigns to encourage people to improve their health and protect the environment by biking, walking, and using the stairs instead of elevators.
New York City is also expanding and enhancing its comprehensive tobacco control program. Proposed activities include expanding the department's campaign to educate the public and policy makers about the adverse impacts of tobacco; enhancing the city's nicotine patch and gum program to better support smokers trying to quit; and supporting interventions to benefit groups with disproportionately high rates of smoking, including individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders, low-income residents, and young adults.
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