California’s average life expectancy is 80.8 years, buoyed by areas of affluence. People who live in places with thriving economies tend to be healthier, have better access to healthy foods and be more active. These areas are also more likely to enact public health policies curbing smoking and educating residents. California suffers from the same disparities as other places regarding race, ethnic, and socioeconomic differences, but the overall trend is positive. The Bay Area is particularly noted for high levels of health because of lower obesity levels and high rates of physical activity. Much of California has a climate conducive to outdoor life and geographical features that offer outdoor activities. There are oceans and lakes for water sports, mountains to hike and ski, and national parks to explore. Healthy eating is also plentiful in many areas, with emphasis on farm-to-table dining. There is also an abundance of locally fresh produce, dairy, fish and meats available throughout the state.
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