Big Cities: Healthier than Small Towns
It almost goes against reason, but according to a new survey, people who live in certain large cities in the U.S. are generally healthier than those who live in rural areas. A report from the polling group Gallup, and the consulting firm Healthways, cites sidewalks, parks, and public transportation for improved health among residents of Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.
The survey showed that these cities have lower-than-average rates of smoking, obesity, diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The cities scored higher-than-average for walkability, easy biking, and access to green spaces and public transportation. Cities that scored the lowest in the survey were Tulsa, Durham (NC), Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, and Fort Wayne.
According to the survey, smaller communities can also take measures to improve health. Options include adding bike lanes and sidewalks, adopting policies to reduce smoking, and encouraging local grocery stores and restaurants to provide healthy food choices.
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