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Summit County Ranks in the Top for Highest Life Expectancy

Posted by Breckenridge Associates Real Estate on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 2:07pm.

According to a recent study completed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, they ranked top areas throughout the United States for the highest life expectancy.  Summit County is one out of five counties in Colorado with the highest life expectancy.  The county ranked ninth overall in the longest lift expectancy for men.

A lot of life expectancy is contributed to lifestyle.  The lifestyle in the Colorado High Country is filled with hiking, biking, skiing, and outdoor recreation.  Here, we tend to do more activities than in other places around the country.  The high country is home to two National Forests and seven National Wilderness areas.  There is not a shortage of places to escape to take in the beauty of nature.   According to Dr. Ail Mokdad, a professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, "There's no question that high rates of physical activity (are) a common theme throughout Colorado counties that also have high life expectancy."  It also helps to have the clean air and water.

Breckenridge is a great place to call home.  There are countless numbers of outdoor recreations to be had.  And there is no better time than the summer to start enjoying the great outdoors.  It might even lead to a longer, healthier life.  Contact your Broker at Breckenridge Associates Real Estate to find out how to call Breckenridge and Summit County home.  970.453.2200, 800.774.7970.

Here are 9 ways to Live Longer according to the Center for Disease Control:

1. Eat less: In a 2008 study, St. Louis University researchers found that limiting calories lowered production of T3, a thyroid hormone that slows metabolism. T3 also speeds up the aging process.

2. More sex: Satisfying sex two to three times per week can add as many as three years to your life and can sometimes burn as many calories as running for 30 minutes. And really, which would you rather do?

3. Less TV: A 2010 study followed 8,800 adults with no history of heart disease for more than six years. Compared to those who watched less than two hours of TV per day, people who watched four hours or more were 80 percent more likely to die from heart disease and 46 percent more likely to die from any cause. All told, 284 people died during the study.

4. Less loneliness: Your heart disease risk goes up without a network of friends and family. Loneliness can be just as dangerous as high cholesterol or smoking. It poses the greatest risk for the elderly, who are also prone to depression.

5. More sunscreen: Too much sun can cause skin cancer, which will kill you.

6. Less drinking: A 2010 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology linked light drinking to significant heart benefits. Light drinking is one drink a day for women and two for men.

7. More fruits and veggies: Fruits and veggies packed with fiber and vitamins can lower your risk of heart disease by 76 percent and may even play a role in decreasing your risk of breast cancer.

8. More exercise: A 2008 study found that regular high-intensity exercise, such as running, can add up to four years to your life. It also improves your heart and speeds your metabolism.

9. No smoking: A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that women who quit smoking by age 35 add roughly six to eight years to their lives.

Source: Summit Daily

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