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Department of Health Encouraging Residents to Get More Active


The New York State Department of Health is encouraging all New Yorker’s to get more active and feel better. The DOH says April is Move More Month and says reports show walking and biking from one place to another has decreased among residents within the state.

The DOH continued saying those with increased physical activity have improved heart health, mental health, and can have longer lifespans.

“The weather is warming up so it’s the perfect time of year to ‘move more’ and add a little extra physical activity into your daily routine,” State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. “Walking, biking, and swimming may be easy places to start for many, and everyday activities such as gardening, house cleaning, pushing a stroller, or walking the dog also contribute to an active lifestyle. Adding physical activity can greatly improve both physical and mental health, so I hope everyone takes advantage of Move More Month to add more activity into their daily routine.”

Data from the Department of Health’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System shows 66.6% of adults reported walking for active transportation in a normal month, 10.5% bike, and overall 67.6% use at least one form of active transportation within a month.

Furthermore, data showed men using an active form of transportation was significantly higher, at 71%, than women, who were at 64.5%. Overall though across all demographics, reported use of active transportation has decreased from 2018 to 2021.

The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic activity, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity to promote cardiovascular fitness. Children aged 6-17 should get at least 60 minutes per day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity.

Creating community environments that support walkable and bikeable communities, while also eliminating health disparities and inequities will produce safe and inclusive physical activity opportunities and remain a priority for the State Department of Health.

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