HONG KONG, CHINA.. a city that surpasses many others..
Hong Kong officially holds the record for the most skyscrapers in the world, with more than 1,200 buildings reaching more than 14 floors into the sky.. Hong Kong officially holds the record for the longest suspension bridge in the world for rail and road traffic.. the Tsing Ma Bridge, which connects Lantau Island with Hong Kong.. surpassing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.. and Hong Kong offically holds the record for the city where people live, statistically, the longest, surpassing that of the “Blue Zone Communities”.. communities where leaders have come together to optimize the longevity and well-being of residents.. Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica), Icaria (Greece) and Loma Linda (California).
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China maintains a separate legal, administrative and judicial system from the rest of China. As Hong Kong is however, not classified as a country, it is not included in the Global AgeWatch Index.. an Index used by the world to monitor how the elderly are ageing. Dr. Timothy Kwok, a professor of geriatric medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, conducted a study using the same criteria as the Global AgeWatch Index, and he set out on a mission to uncover why it is that people in Hong Kong have the longest life expectancy in the world.. as of 2016, with men said to live on average to 81.3 years, and women said to live on average to 87.3 years.
Dr. Timothy Kwok uncovered these few interesting facts that could explain why people living in Honk Kong live longer, on average:
Healthcare for all: Healthcare in Hong Kong is free for everyone.. no one is turned away, or, denied healthcare, irrespective of their financial means. The elderly receive priority, and generally do not pay for healthcare. Dr. John Breard, Director of the Department of Ageing and Life at the World Health Organisation (WHO) believes in “healthy ageing”.. healthcare should be provided to all, the old included, and not only the rich. By providing healthcare to all, people on the lower end will not negatively affect the average.
Easy access to the city: More than 90% of people living in and around Hong Kong use public transport to get around.
Foot bridges and elevators make moving around Hong Kong easy. As Hong Kong is safe, this allows for freedom of
movement within the city, and this in turn promotes an active and healthy lifestyle.
Easy access to good quality food: Hong Kong, with it’s geographical location acts as a “gateway” to the rest of the world, and as such, has access to a greater source of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables from around the world.. freshness of ingredients is emphasised. The Chinese diet, which is similar to that of the Mediterranian diet, consists mostly of fish, fruits, vegetables, rice, meat, nuts and nut oils. Poultry and seafood are commonly sold live at wet markets and ingredients are used as quickly as possible. Less processed food does wonders for gut health and internal flora production.
Easy access to water: Hong Kong has a level of water safety similar to that of South Afica, and even though tap
water is safe to drink, it is highly recommended that all tap water is boiled before drinking. As a result, bottled water is in high demand.. the three most sought after brands of bottled water being Bonaqua, Watsons and Vita.. the latter two being Pure Distilled water brands. Vitasoy International Holdings Limited, the producers of Vita pure distilled water, is THE company that Aqua De Vida (Pty) Limited has chosen to partner with, to bring YOU, the very best in bottled, pure distilled water, the world has to offer.ellbeing, and that good health leads to a good life. At Aqua De Vida, we aim to promote water consciousness and in so doing, bring health and inspiration to everyone, everywhere..
Following on from the study of Dr. Kwok, give thought to the following.. “a flower grows best within the right enviroment, when given the right food, the right amount of sun exposure, and the right WATER..”