Mayor Bloomberg: New Yorkers Living Longer Than Ever


bloomberg1New Yorkers are living it up.

The latest statistics show life expectancy in the Big Apple is 80.6 years – more than two years longer than the national average.

It’s also up almost three years since 2000.

“If you want to live longer and healthier than the average American, then come to New York City,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday.

Not only did the city’s life expectancy rate surpass the national rate, it also improved faster than any other major city for both men and women.

“New York City residents are healthier than ever,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs. “Cleaner air, safer streets, healthier food – these all contribute to improved quality of our lives, and added years of life.”

Officials tout the city’s health interventions – including smoking prevention programs and expanded HIV testing and treatment – have contributed to the increase in life expectancy.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said since 2002, nearly half a million New Yorkers quit smoking. In addition, early identification and treatment of HIV infection has greatly reduced AIDS and HIV-related mortality.

Officials said drug-related deaths and the infant mortality rate also have fallen.

{CBS Local/ Newscenter}