Being Close to the Sea makes you Healthier

Updated: Sep 16

Aisa One reports: With a wide view over Belcher Bay, Corie Chu and her husband often forget they’re living in a city. For this couple, the water is a relaxing tonic amid the concrete jungle of the Kennedy Town neighborhood of Hong Kong Island, enabling them to wake up feeling amazing, Chu says.

Her experience is reflected in the findings of a groundbreaking study that spending time in and around Hong Kong’s ‘blue spaces’ – think harbors, coastlines and beaches – is linked to better health and well-being.

The study, carried out by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Britain’s University of Exeter, found that residents with a view of water from their home report better health, while those who regularly visit blue spaces report higher well-being and a lower risk of depression. Published in the public-health journal Health and Place, it is believed to be the first of its kind conducted in Asia. More…

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