Organizations & residents of the Bronx are coming together to develop a Bronx Healthy Neighborhoods Platform to address the longstanding health issues that our people face daily! While being healthy requires individual decision making, it also requires big picture policies that change the conditions of our borough and make it easier for Bronxites to live a healthy life. We recognize that health is more than just access to traditional health care-- holistic health addresses conditions in the home, our schools, the streets, the air and our consumption options. Mental, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual conditions together contribute to holistic health. Our Bronx Healthy Neighborhoods Platform is a chance for us to work together with our elected officials to change the conditions in the Bronx so we are no longer famous for our asthma, diabetes, obesity, incarceration, unemployment and crime rates! Instead, we can set the example for urban transformation!
Here are some of the statistics that move us to action:
The Bronx suffers disproportionately from poverty, asthma, malnutrition and obesity, and needs a mayor who prioritizes a proactive strategy to reversing these trends and work with the community to grow holistic health opportunities.
Asthma affects approximately 20% of the children in the Bronx, 4-5 times greater than the national average and 21 times greater than some other areas in New York City. Sixty-six percent of the Bronx County's inhabited area is affected by major sources of pollution.
While the overall percentage of people living in poverty in the Bronx is 27%, half of whom are working full or part time. According to the recent census, pockets of the Bronx suffer from poverty rates up to 82%. The Bronx has an overall unemployment rate of 11.9%, the highest in NYC. Census tracks record up to 59% unemployment for Blacks and Latinos.
One in three people in the South Bronx were unable to afford a meal in the past year i.e. 36.3% of the people in the Bronx’s 16th Congressional District. This represents the highest percent in the nation.
The Bronx has the highest rate of diabetes and obesity in NYC, with 62.7% of residents overweight or obese compared to 55% in NYC overall. No Community District in the Bronx achieves the ratio of supermarkets to people recommended by the Department of City Planning. South Bronx residents are 5 to 8 times more likely to die from diabetes than residents from the City’s wealthier neighborhoods.
Eight out of 10 Bronx youth do not meet daily recommendations for exercise. All Bronx elementary schools that were sampled by the Comptroller in 2011 failed to comply with state mandates of 120 minutes of PE per week. Staffing and space are major obstacles to schools complying with state mandates.
One out of five Bronx residents has no health insurance.