Report: NYC Residents Drinking Less Sugary Drinks, Smoking Less

January 11, 2019 - 6:36 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New Yorkers are heading into 2019 a little healthier than before.

According to a new report from the city’s Health Department released Friday, the number of city residents who consume sugary drinks dropped from 27 to 23 percent between 2011 and 2016.

Additionally, the number of smokers dropped one percent from 15 to 14.

The wide-ranging survey found out a number of interesting facts, including that seven percent of Upper East Side residents live below the federal poverty level. That same statistic jumps to 24 percent in Morningside Heights.

The Health Department’s survey even asked neighborhood by neighborhood whether people in their area were willing to help their neighbors.

On Staten Island, 86 percent in Tottenville and Great Kills said they were willing to help each other, but that dropped to 57 percent in Mott Haven, Melrose And Hunts Point, Longwood in the Bronx.

Research also found that the number of New Yorkers who do not have health insurance has dropped from 20 percent to just 12 percent.