A new study finds big cities are indeed healthier. Reports show that residents are happy and lead healthy lifestyles thanks to improved facilities. Parks and well-organized public transport are among the factors which boost the good state of mind and the physical health of residents, as the research suggests.
The new review was initiated by two organizations, namely Healthways and Gallup. The researchers made a top of the healthiest cities in the United States, and Boston is number one. San Francisco and Chicago come next, followed by New York in the fourth position, and Washington, D.C. on the fifth.
Surveys showed that people are particularly impressed and pleased with the infrastructure of big cities. They have parks to walk and exercise, biking routes are accessible, and public transportation is well-organized.
Although it may seem hard to believe, these elements in the cities’ infrastructure influence people’s health. The statistics also show that people living in big cities don’t have a strong tendency to smoke, which can trigger a series of health problems. Moreover, there are low rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases with residents in the top five big cities.
As far as the state of mind of big cities residents is concerned, surveys show that there are good results too. Depression is not among the alarming problems of the people living here.
The researchers in charged of the new study state that the purpose of the infrastructure should be that of allowing people introduce healthy habits in their everyday life. Exposure to specially designed outdoors, recreational spaces, and systems which don’t produce stress are extremely important factors for the health of city residents.
Campaigns promoting healthy lifestyle can also encourage people to give up bad habits and take up new, healthy ones. The food industry can also contribute to the phenomenon, by producing healthy food, or special areas for eating outdoors.
When it comes to sports and regular exercise, Washington is the top of the list. The city residents are the fittest people in the United States, according to statistics.
On the other hand, small communities are dealing with the opposite phenomenon. There are high obesity rates, more frequent diabetes diagnoses, and higher stress levels. Facilities are a problem, and it takes its toll on residents. The last cities listed by the specialists in the study are Indianapolis, followed by Oklahoma City. The last in line is Fort Wayne.
However, there are cases of small cities which succeeded in improving the life quality of residents in less than a decade. Are you pleased with your hometown?
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