New York City is known for a lot of things —nightlife, world-class cuisine, an
enviable skyline. There is, of course, a flip side to fast-moving life in the
big city: our hair-trigger tempers, in-your-face attitudes and the relatively
constant state of angstthat comes from living cheek-to-jowl with more than 8
million urban neighbors.
cuisine n. 烹饪艺术、菜肴、烹饪；风味、（通常指昂贵的饭店中的）饭菜，菜肴
angst n. 焦虑，担心
But all of that is what drew me to this city and kept me here —I’m a
happily committedNew Yorker. I’ve always assumed, however, that I was paying a
high price for my go-go urban lifestyle. Studies have shown that big city
residents tend to have more stress, which can translate into skyrocketing blood
pressure and increased rates of heart disease.
committed adj. 尽心尽力的，坚信的，坚定的
As it turns out, I might have been wrong. Living in New York may actually
be good for your long-term health, at least according to the latest life
expectancy data compiled by the city’s Bureauof Vital Statistics. Babies born in
New York City in 2009 can expect to live a record 80.6 years, nearly three years
longer than in 2000 and more than two years longer than the current national
average of 78.2 years.
Bureaun n.[C] 1. 事务处，联络处，询问处；社，分社 ；（政府机构的）局，司，署，处
Life expectancy for 40-year-old New Yorkers rose to 82 in 2009, a 2.5-year
increase from 2000 —slightly more than double the increase for middle-aged
Americans on the whole. Life expectancy for 70-year-olds in New York also
increased by 1.5 years, compared with 0.7 years for the country on average. Go
“If you want to live longer and healthier than the average American, then
come toNew York City,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters at a press
conference announcing the new figures on Tuesday.
Is it something in the water? Not quite. According to Bloomberg, the
success can be attributed in part to his administration’s aggressive
public-health programs, which have sought to reduce smoking, cut salt
consumption, encourage healthy eating and ban trans fats from food.
At the press conference, held in the maternityward of Lincoln Hospital in
the Bronx, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley noted that since 2002, nearly
half a million New Yorkers have quit smoking —the smoking rate is now down to 14
out of every 100 New Yorkers —for which the city administration credits the
mayor’s intensiveanti-smoking efforts, including the ban on smoking in bars and
restaurants, the establishment of an excise tax on cigarettes and a quit-line
for those who need help kicking the habit.
maternity n. [U] 产科医院；产科病房 a. 适用于孕妇的；产妇的
intensive adj. 加强的，集中的；紧张进行的，彻底的，十分细致的；加强语气的
City officials attributed the city’s decline in deaths from heart disease
in part to the mayor’s anti-smoking campaigns (and also to improvements in care
for people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease). Heart
disease deaths dropped 27.9% since 2002, contributing to the increase in city
residents’ life expectancy. The statistics also show that cancer deaths have
fallen by 4.3% since 2002.
The mayor also touted the city’s well-publicized moves to require calorie
counts on menus at chain and fast food restaurants, which he believes has
steered more New Yorkers away from the kind of poor dietary choices that
contribute to obesity, heart disease and diabetes. (I have to admit that seeing
the number of calories in a frappuccino has curbed my afternoon cravings.)New
York was the first city in the nation, in 2006, to ban trans fats —a major
culpritin promoting arteryclogging and heart disease —from restaurant foods,
including everything from pizza to bagels.
culprit n. 犯错的人；罪犯；肇事者；引起问题的事物
artery n. 动脉；主流，干道
However, the most significant contributor to New Yorkers’ increased life
expectancy had nothing to do with smoking or diet. Rather, it was the city’s
expanded testing and treatment of people with HIV. More than 90% of patients who
are diagnosed with HIV in the city’s health system currently receive drug
treatment within 90 days; in 2011 alone, the city tested 195,516 patients, more
than three times as many people tested six years earlier, helping to reduce
mortality from HIV and AIDS. The death rate from HIV is declining faster than
other causes of death in New York City, down 11.3% since 2000 and 51.9% since
“By investing in health care and continuing to encourage more New Yorkers
to take charge of their own health, we’ve experienced dramatic improvements in
life expectancy,” the mayor said.
City officials said that overdosedeaths from heroin, cocaine and other
illicitdrugs were also down, further boosting life expectancy. Infant mortality
rates had also dropped, reflecting healthier mothers and better obstetric and
overdose v.[T] 使…用药过量；n.过量用药
illicit a. 非法的；违法的；违背社会常规的；不正当的
Although the new life expectancy numbers are encouraging, the fact remains
that heart disease, cancer and flu/pneumonia are still the top three leading
causes of death inNew York, followed by lung disease and diabetes. (This is New
York, after all, and not everybody takes kindly to being told not to smoke or
eat fast food.) A third of all deaths in New York occur before age 65, with more
than 15,000 New Yorkers dying prematurely each year.
But many of these deaths can be prevented, and the city is hard at work
trying —as its public-health campaigns demonstrate.The health messages in New
York are ubiquitousand persistent; you can’t avoid them (much like New Yorkers
themselves). So, if there’s any upside to standing in a crowded subway car every
day or fighting through the hordes at Times Square, maybe it’s that the city’s
pervasivehealth-promoting billboards and ads might soon sink in.
ubiquitous adj. 到处存在的，无处不在的，十分普遍的
pervasive a. 遍布的，充斥各处的，弥漫的