#Not 62: A Campaign for A Healthy Bronx
#Not62: A Campaign for A Healthy Bronx began to combat poor health outcomes for most Bronx residents.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has ranked the Bronx as the least healthy county in New York State since 2009. A lot of social and economic factors contribute to this status: Unemployment is high. The high school graduation rate is low. The majority of Bronx residents have not exercised in the past 30 days.
Obesity and smoking are just a few of the health disparities at work. Childhood poverty is twice as high as the statewide average at 43 percent.
Two years ago, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. launched #Not62: A Campaign for a Healthy Bronx. It is a partnership of health organizations, churches, businesses and others. While the latest health ranking was the same, there have been some positive changes.
Residents are living longer. The Bronx has invested $28 million in expanding green spaces. Bodegas have been encouraged to carry healthier food options.
The statistics related to health in the Bronx are sobering, but they are not the whole story. Numbers can tell you a lot, but they don’t define destiny.
The exciting part of being a CrossFit SoBronian is knowing that committing to your fitness not only means that you improve your own individual fitness, but you’re also helping the whole BX move further up the ranking, to make #Not62 a reality instead of a goal by 2020. We’ll keep you posted on more progress as the campaign continues.