Healthy living, what does it really mean? Eat well, exercise, stay busy while having fun, be productive, active, assertive. Healthy living is a concept long forgotten about people due to poor time management, lack of access or resources, or it can also be a matter of where you live. Some people might argue that you can live a healthy life anywhere in the world but let’s be honest, some places have it easier than others. Without any further introduction here are the top ten healthiest places to live in the United States.
Honolulu, Hawaii is always at the top as one of America’s best largest cities on a variety of health behaviors, outcomes and attitudes. The Hawaiian law says that the “aloha spirit is the coordination of mind and heart within each person” and this concept along with the laid-back culture and the natural beauty contributes largely in making Honolulu the best place for healthy life.
San Francisco Bay Area, California is the best place for eating healthy in the United States thanks to Alice Waters who pioneered the local natural and organic food movement in the area. According to Time Magazine, here adults consume more vegetables than your average person and the obesity is relatively low.
Burlington, Vermont is undoubtedly the best place to raise a child thanks to the diversity and the outdoor fun opportunities. The place is known for high graduate rates and healthy eating habits. 90.2% of the children in Vermont are in excellent or very good health. And that’s a high percent if you ask me.
Silicon Valley, California is known as America’s best workplace wellness. Flexibility in hours and technological advancements make of Silicon Valley the ideal place to have a job because entrepreneurs make sure people have to be both physically and emotional healthy in order to be financially well.
Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota was ranked in 2013 as the healthiest place for seniors thanks to the large rates of 36.5% volunteers for residents 65 and older. The strong local economy, incredible parks and clinics and medical centers, the cities have earned their well deserved spots as the best places for aging well in the United States.
Denver and Boulder, Colorado have the lowest percentage of obese residents in all of the U.S. and Boulder has the highest percentage of citizens with a healthy body weight. The Rocky Mountains are within reach and that plays an important part as to why Denver and Boulder are the best places for keeping fit.
Plano, Texas has a very small percentage rate of violent crimes. Tight community, well trained police department, high-paying salaries more than other cities in the country, Plano is by far the best place in America for staying safe.
Portland, Oregon was the first local government in the United States to adopt a global-warming policy. Over 300 miles bike paths, ’20 minutes neighborhoods’, open spaces and public transit, made of Portland the best place for a healthy environment.
Boston, Massachusetts has one of the highest life expectancy rates and one of the most affordable health care. The city is also the only one in the nation with two of the top ten U.S. cancer centers and two of the top ten hospitals for treating heart disease.
Provo and Orem, Utah are the best places for spiritual well-being in the country due to the high Mormon population. Charity, service and connection with the church are the main emphasis in these towns where the religious affiliation is closely connected with the low risk of disease.