Mayor Adams celebrates NYC’s public health agenda becoming law, extending lifespan of all New Yorkers

“HealthyNYC” aims to increase life expectancy to 83 years by 2030

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on March 11, 2024, celebrated Intro. 93-A becoming local law, codifying New York City’s ambitious health agenda — “HealthyNYC” — that seeks to extend the average life expectancy of New Yorkers to record lengths. Unveiled last fall, HealthyNYC sets ambitious targets to address the greatest drivers of premature death, including chronic and diet-related diseases, screenable cancers, overdose, suicide, maternal mortality, violence, and COVID-19. Overall, the campaign aims to extend the average life expectancy of New Yorkers to 83 years by 2030, with gains across racial and ethnic groups. The new law will hold New York City accountable to these goals, requiring the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to submit reports on its progress as it works to extend life expectancy and to return to the table every five years to establish new goals and a new agenda to improve health and life expectancy, based on current data.

“Last year we launched ‘HealthyNYC,’ our campaign to give New York City extra life and help New Yorkers lead healthier, longer lives,” said Mayor Adams. “Our administration aims to increase New Yorkers’ life expectancy to over 83 years by 2030 — not only recovering years lost during the pandemic but also surpassing our previous high by tackling chronic disease, violence, maternal mortality, overdose, and more. Intro. 93-A codifies the goals of ‘HealthyNYC,’ ensuring this work lives beyond all of us — helping build a healthier, more prosperous city where everyone can thrive. It will take all of us to reach these ambitious goals, and I’m grateful to the City Council for their commitment to improving the health of all New Yorkers.”

“Our city is at its most vibrant when we support every person in every community and help them live longer, healthier lives,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom. “Codifying the goals of ‘HealthyNYC’ is an important step in ensuring that these targets remain a priority for years to come. Ultimately, these goals are not only about extending New Yorkers’ lifespan but also working to better the life in those additional years.”

“New Yorkers, and all Americans, are suffering too much and dying too soon, and this is preventable,” said DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan.

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