For a number of years, the Bronx has been ranked as the unhealthiest county in New York State. After being elected, Senator Rivera launched the Bronx CAN Health Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to get Bronxites thinking about their health and making changes to develop healthier habits. As part of the initiative and as the Ranker of the Health Committee in the New York State Senate, Gustavo also engages community health organizations and health care providers to come up with policy ideas for how to make the Bronx and New York State healthier.
- Passed legislation to ban smoking within 100 feet of all school entrances and exits and that of afterschool programs.
- Developed and introduced legislation to make it mandatory for each school to have a certified physical education instructor
- Developed and introduced legislation requiring nutritional standards for kids’ meals with toys.
- Held various health fairs throughout the year providing thousands of Bronxites with free health screening, activities, and resources.