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Info Seeker
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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Absolutely but not always. I am now retired and live in the Pacific Northwest. I have water front property and look east onto Mt. Rainier. Every day I go for a 2 mile walk on a country road surrounded by evergreen trees and lakes and pastures. Each day and time I feel rejuvenated and feel and see the beauty of nature. As a consequence I appreciate life and take care of myself through eating healthy food, not much of it and imbibe in my nightly martini and glass of red wine. I love life and love being surrounded by the beauty of nature.

 

When younger and living in an urban city I did not let that stop me. I ran every day through streets to keep healthy and went hiking and camping as much as I could so that I could enjoy nature.

 

It is not so much where you live but your mind set and attitude. If you see the beauty and live around you then you see it and enjoy it. If you do not see the beauty then you can be in the middle of it and not know it at all. 

 

It is not so much physical location as it is mind set and awareness. 

Valued Social Butterfly
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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Yes, of course. In many places it becomes part of the local community culture. It's definitely that way here. Where I live there are many options for people to stay active. We have many neighborhood parks and greenbelts for getting outdoors. A lot of these have connecting pathways for both pedestrians and bicycles to travel. And for people who like to work out in a gym, there are various outlets all over town, and many offer senior discounts, too.

 

 The city has provided many new cycling paths for commuters who want to bike to work, or just cycling for sport. Many city buses can now accomodate bicycles, too.  Many of the larger businesses now have showers and changing rooms for their employees to exercise during the day. 

 

We also have access to healthy foods, fresh fish from the gulf, fresh vegetables and fruits, most locally grown or from nearby Mexico. Because there are so many options, we can buy healthy food at affordable prices. Some neighborhoods have started community gardening projects. Many local restaurants now offer healthier options on the menu, including vegan and vegetarian meals. Our city water quality is excellent, too.

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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I was born in New York and lived in New Jersey until I was twenty-three in 1969. I then moved to San Diego. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998. Some researchers believe that the farther one lives from the equator for the first fifteen years of life, the more likely one is to 'get' MS. 

 
However, now that I have MS, I know that San Diego is the best place for me to live. The weather is almost perfect here for people with MS who suffer when the temperature is too hot, too humid or too cold. I accidentally found a place that is Goldilocks-good for me. I have a group of friends with MS who feel the same way.
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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Absolutely! A combination of retirement and moving to a block from the ocean, has meant I sleep better and feel calmer than ever before. Listening to the waves and being able to walk around the safe neighborhood, greeting locals and their dogs, and participating in small town life has all contriubuted to my current healthy (both physically and mentally) blissful state!

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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"Your attitude will determine your altitude".  Fortunately, both are super in Colorado!  We get to look at the snow-capped Rockies every day, and, yes, it positively affects our health.  We leave tomorrow for a Harley trip into the Great American West for 10 days in our '70's, so where you live DOES make a big difference!

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Yes I do believe our environment has much to do with our wellbeing as does it shape our perception and understanding of the world. There are some excellent posts below that break down the contributing factors more in detail.

 

I did read about the United Health foundation study and survey of people over 50 reporting the states that had the healthiest folks over 50 and those states with the unhealthiest over 50.

 

Did the states that ranked in the top tier do more to improve the quality of care for their residents over 50 then the lower ranked states? I believe so.

 

The political impact state governments can play or not play in the wellbeing of its residents is what determines the bottom line of the health of its residents.

 

http://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-2017/minnesota-healthiest-states-older-adults-fd...

Treasured Social Butterfly
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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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@NerdyMom Smiley Happy No doubt about it, Colorado has an active culture. Indeed a bunch of us cyclists were talking about it last weekend on the trail, how so many (probably 75%) of the people one sees working out on the rec trail (biking, running, rollerblading, et cetera) are gray haired. We are suspicious, actually, that our generation is more fit than the younger ones, for we see younger athletes so infrequently. The younger people we do see are usually strolling, rather than working out. Then again, perhaps the younger athletes are doing what we all did when we were younger: snowboarding, mountain climbing, skiing. Smiley Happy

 

Agreed: it is difficult not to be outside here. Not a bad view in the state. <-bias alert Smiley Happy

 

PS Garden of the Gods: gorgeous! Colorado Springs is a lovely city. Great people.

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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lol, funny you mention Colorado.  We went to Colorado Springs for vacation last year, and it was so gorgeous!  I can see how it would be easy to be outside and active a lot of the time.  Same with Northern California.

 

I live in DC.  Well, right outside it.  Depending on the county, there are tons of trails and bike paths, and great places to hike.  It feels much easier to stay healthy here than in Baltimore City.  I lived there for about 10 years.   Not much to do without driving some distance.   Neither compares to Colorado to me.

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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Colorado has been very good to me. Smiley Happy (That's a yes.)

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Re: Do you think where you live affects your health?

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Absolutely! There's the obvious .. air & water quality, then weather .. how much of the year are you able to be physically active & outdoors, and does bad weather increase your risk of falls or car accidents. Where you live affects the availability of fresh & organic foods. Things like population density & traffic affect our stress levels, and crime rate also affects stress, not to mention actual crime against us. Community/regional atmosphere affect stress, as well as the cost of living.


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