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Yonkers, One of the 10 Most Healthiest Cities

Wednesday, April 8, 2015   /   by June Quilantang

Yonkers, One of the 10 Most Healthiest Cities

Yonkers, NY Named One of Livability.com’s Top 10 Healthiest Cities, 2015

Inaugural list identifies and ranks America’s healthiest cities        
There are two parts to every great healthy city. The first is access to quality and affordable health care. The second is promoting and enabling a healthy lifestyle for its residents through infrastructure and amenities. With this in mind, Livability.com has named Yonkers a Top 10 Healthiest City, 2015. Yonkers provides residents with exercise opportunities, good food choices and strong support networks to help live healthy lives.
 
Our editors looked at data compiled by the County Healthcare Rankings as well as spending data from Esri to find places with quality and affordable health care. They analyzed several measures of healthy communities such as the adult obesity rate, the percent of residents with access to healthy food and other stats. Also factored in were the number of hospitals, ratio of doctors to residents and more.
In addition, our editors looked into city infrastructure to promote healthy living, like access to farmers markets and parks, walkability, man-made amenities such as golf courses, as well as natural amenities. Additionally factored in was data from the EPA about the environmental components of a healthy city such as clean air and water.
     
"The link between cities and health is increasingly clear,” says Livability Editor Matt Carmichael. “It’s not enough to have a great hospital to take care of you when you’re sick. The city itself can help you lead a healthier life.”
 
Yonkers fosters healthy living with many walkable neighborhoods and a collection of parks that encourage residents to get outside and get moving. Approximately 98 percent of the city’s population has access to exercise opportunities, which include yoga studios, fitness centers, sports clubs and golf courses. City officials recently launched the Yonkers Green City initiative, which includes programs to replace street lights with brighter LED bulbs, a styrofoam recycling program and rooftop solar panel installations. When it comes to ratio of doctors, dentists and mental-health providers to residents, Yonkers ranks well above most cities.
Top 10 Healthiest Cities, 2015
  1. Minneapolis, MN
  2. Cambridge, MA
  3. Madison, WI
  4. Miami, FL
  5. Bridgeport, CT
  6. Arlington, VA
  7. Santa Ana, CA
  8. Honolulu, HI
  9. Fort Collins, CO
10. Yonkers, NY

 

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