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Physical Activity and the Built Environment

Physical activity and the built environment are inextricably linked determinants of a person’s health. We know that a person’s ZIP code has a greater impact on health than his or her genetic code. As part of its Building Healthy Communities priority area, NYSHealth seeks to expand and improve opportunities for physical activity in neighborhoods throughout New York State. Learn about some of our work that addresses these determinants of health:

Randall's Island Park Alliance
Improving Health and Wellness in East Harlem and the South Bronx Through Programming at Randall’s Island Park

NYC Bike Share LLC


New York Restoration Project
Increasing Physical Activity in East Harlem and the South Bronx Through Improved Access to High-Quality Green Space

Research Foundation of the City University of New York (CUNY), School of Public Health and Health Policy
Evaluating the Community Parks Initiative

Center for Active Design, Inc.
Evaluating Active Design in Affordable Housing

In Our Backyards, Inc. (ioby)
Bringing Neighborhood Projects to Life

CVPH Medical Center Foundation Inc., (dba The Foundation of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital)
Shape Up Clinton County: Activating Public Spaces and Creating Opportunities for Healthy Living

Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
Activating Public Spaces: A Public-Private Partnership to Build Healthy Communities in New York City

Columbia County Department of Health
Columbia County Obesity Prevention

Nassau-Suffolk Hospital, Inc.
Walk! Long Island