Live by the sea and live longer


IT’S official. Living in Whitby is good for your health.

So is living in Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Robin Hood’s Bay or anywhere else beside the sea for that matter.

Scientists have discovered that those living by the sea tend to be healthier than those living in-land.

Data from the 2001 census has been analysed by researchers at the University of Exeter who found the proportion of people who reported their health as being ‘good’, rather than ‘fairly good’ or ‘not good’ compared with how close they lived to the coastline.

Study lead author Dr Ben Wheeler said: “We know that people usually have a good time when they go to the beach, but there is strikingly little evidence of how spending time at the coast can affect health and well-being.

“By analysing data for the whole population, our research suggests that there is a positive effect, although this type of study cannot prove cause and effect.”

Previous research revealed the coastal environment provided significant benefits in terms of stress reduction.

Dr Wheeler added that the findings may encourage governments to use the coastline in a wise and sustainable manner to improve the health of the UK population.