Here’s Why Big Cities Are Healthier
Written by: Janet Early
Have you ever wondered how healthy your city or town is?
A recent study conducted by Gallup and Healthways found that large cities are the healthiest areas of the U.S.
The cities at the top of the list were found to have low rates of:
- High blood pressure
The top 5 healthiest cities were identified as:
- San Francisco
- New York City
- Washington D.C.
What Makes These Cities So Fit?
The study named 4 key factors as reasons for the health success of their residents:
- Easy biking
- Public transport
Other components found to boost the health of a city’s residents included:
- Easy access to whole, natural foods
- Outdoor dining areas
- Community support for walking and biking
- Policies to reduce tobacco use
- Workplace programs that encourage healthy behaviors and social interaction
Perhaps you live in one of these healthy cities and that’s awesome! Yay for sidewalks and public parks. However, if you don’t, there are still tricks that you can use to make the most out of your location – after all, your health is in YOUR control!
Getting out and moving was a consistent reason certain cities were named healthy. Even if you live in a place with limited areas to run, walk or bike, chances are there are some parks around your location where these options are possible. For support, seek like-minded individuals and join a group committed to exercise in your local area.
Social interaction was found to be a key component in health improvements such as lowered depression and blood pressure. Joining a workplace program where people share your interests or going out to dinner or a movie with friends can make you feel socially content and connected.
A healthy diet rich in nutrient-dense foods was also a consistent feature of these healthy locations. If a health-minded grocery store is not convenient where you live, there are online options to order whole-food products and have them delivered right to your door to make healthy food options within reach.
Ultimately, to transform wherever you live into a healthy place to be, aim for these foundations:
- Daily exercise – whether it’s a brisk walk or crossfit, just make sure you’re moving each day!
What makes your city or town healthy? What could make it healthier? Please share below.
Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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