how living near water affects health

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You live: By the coast

What the research says: Lucky you—sea breezes and good health! Using data from the 2001 English census, which asked 48 million Brits whether their health had been "good, fairly good or not good" in the 12 months prior, researchers found that people who lived within 3.1 miles of the coast were more likely to classify their health as good. A number of things likely contribute to the boost in wellbeing, writes lead study author Ben Wheeler, PhD, a senior research fellow at the University of Exeter School of Medicine in the UK. A few worthy of note: Coastal residents are more likely to get adequate physical activity, their stress levels are likely lower and they may have higher vitamin D levels thanks to spending more time outside.