It may seem obvious, but now there is scientific proof.
A new study finds that people are more likely to have strong, healthy hearts if they live in a neighborhood that promotes a healthy lifestyle.
It helps if residents feel safe and have pleasant places to walk; having sidewalks and easy access to parks and trails also gets people moving.
Neighborhood grocery stores with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy restaurants that are within walking distance, can make it easier to stick to a healthy diet. Heart healthy people are more likely to have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and be at a healthy weight.
These same people also do not smoke; they exercise on a regular basis about 150 minutes in a week of moderate exercise; and they consume fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet.
If you are planning a move in the near future, factor in the potential health benefits of a neighborhood. It may be the best thing you can do for your heart.