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Bike lanes and jogging routes make the riverfronts of New York active places.New Yorkers are more active and live longer than the average American.

A visiting family member commented that you don’t see many overweight people in New York. That may help to explain why the average life span of a New Yorker is 80.6 years and the national average is 78.2 years. Mayor Michael Bloomberg  also credits a city wide smoking ban, healthy food and improved treatment of HIV/AIDS in the report, The Annual Summary of Vital Statistics.