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7 Countries With the Healthiest People

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7 Countries With the Healthiest People

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

They live well into their nineties and often times up break the hundred year mark. Their existence is healthy but the underlying reasons are often cultural. In fact, itís not just that individuals take care of themselves; itís a country-wide phenomenon thatís based on lifestyle choices.

Why are certain countries home to the worldís happiest, healthiest people on Earth? What do they eat? What daily habits are different from other societies?

I set out to answer these questions and along the way I found some striking similarities between these fit nations, spread far and wide across the globe.

1. Iceland

Due to a smaller population, Iceland is one of the least polluted countries in the world. But clean air isnít the only reason why Icelanders are so healthy; they also like to hit the gym. Due to chilly weather much of the year, Icelanders workout in order to beat the winter blues. The country enjoys one of the highest life expectancies (72 for men and 74 for women). It also has one of the lowest infant mortality rates at 2 deaths per 1,000 babies. Forbes Magazine ranked it the healthiest country in the world.

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Planet Green is the multi-platform media destination devoted to the environment and dedicated to helping people understand how humans impact the planet and how to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Its two robust websites, PlanetGreen.com and TreeHugger.com, offer original, inspiring, and entertaining content related to how we can evolve to live a better, brighter future. Planet Green is a division of Discovery Communications.

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2:11PM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Thank you!

11:36AM PST on Dec 18, 2013

I love reading about other places where people seem to be the happiest and healthiest. Maybe one day - I can only dream - Oklahoma (fat chance!:)) will join the list.

8:24PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Thanks for posting this

12:40PM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Thanks.

5:54AM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

4:52AM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

Lifestyle counts

10:12AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Good post Thanks for sharing

2:37AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Thank you :)

10:16PM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Good on them---US needs to practise their techniques! Thanks

3:55AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

Thanks Samantha for sharing

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