Many of us want to lead healthier lives, but we aren’t always set up to do it. What if where you live has an impact on your health? In this blog we look at how where you live can help improve a healthy lifestyle.

Studies show that where you live can impact on how you live a healthy lifestyle

There has been ample research over the years exploring the relationship to where we live, the neighbourhood or city and the impact on our health[1]. Many of the studies found that the livability attributes of a city can improve our health. For example, the design of a city and its connectivity to parklands may encourage us to walk instead of driving. A city that encourages a healthy lifestyle provides bike lanes, open spaces, and parks, which may boost the quality of life and improve our levels of happiness. Separate research has also noted that a strong sense of community helps to combat feelings of loneliness.

Simple things can make a big impact on living a healthy lifestyle

It doesn’t need to be a large change to have a large impact on your health, either[2]. You can choose to live near green open spaces with places to walk and run, have access to a fresh food grocers or markets, live near exercise facilities, all improve your health. Even cities perceived as low quality can increase their residents’ health through simple updates to greenery, food, and exercise choices. This also tells us that proximity to a healthy lifestyle impacts whether we will follow one. In other words, if it’s easy to live healthily, people are more likely to do it.

Spotlight on Portico, Scots Church

Portico, Scots Church is a high-rise residential building located in the vibrant city of Sydney. The building provides residents with easy access to landscaped parklands featuring established trees. Access to nature, such as parklands helps to make living in a city healthier for residents’ both physically and mentally. Being out in nature has a calming effect that brings about a positive mood.

The redevelopment of Portico, Scots Church applies many other factors that positively impact resident health. Developed by Norm Carey, he transformed a heritage-listed church into a multi-level apartment building. The church maintained a space for religious practice that continues to this day to help strengthen community ties in the area. The architectural design focused on maximising natural light, providing ventilation and an acoustic buffer to minimise city noises.

The building is within walking distance to multiple green spaces, retail, food, and entertainment options. Overall, it has helped many residents find a home in a neighbourhood well-established to provide a healthy lifestyle in a vibrant city.

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[1] https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/06/26/where-you-live-impacts-your-health/#2ac323a945df

[2] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/hot-topics-2011-laden-location-health/