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How Neighborhood Livability Can Impact Overall Health And Happiness
Walkability To find your home's walkability score, go to walkscore.com and type in your address. Any score over 70 is very walkable; however, any score over 50 is still favorable.
Proximity to trails, bike paths, etc.
Those who live in communities that support walking, cycling and outdoor recreation are far more likely to be physically active.
Closeness to fresh food options
Having a fresh-food supermarket nearby is associated with a lower rate of obesity, while living close to a convenience store, which usually doesn't sell fresh produce, has been linked to higher rates of obesity.
Is there a farmer’s market nearby?
Studies show that communities that support a farmer's market, which also provides easy access to healthy produce, are generally healthier.
Being removed from air/water pollution
To find out the quality of the air and water around your neighborhood, go to scorecard.goodguide.com. Enter your zip code and click "Get Report." Here you’ll find links to information concerning toxic chemicals released by area factories, lead hazards and other air pollutants, as well as how your drinking water compares to national averages.
Proximity to major healthcare centers/primary care physician
While you hope you never need it, how close you live to high-quality health care can have a considerable bearing on your quality of life. Residents who live near good health providers are more likely to receive the care they need to stay healthy.
Residents of close-knit neighborhoods are more likely to work together to keep their neighborhoods safe and look out for one another, which helps create a healthy social environment.
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