We are really lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country and we know that living by the sea or being able to get into the countryside can have a positive impact on our wellbeing. This is supported by an Exeter University study which shows that living by the sea can act as a “protective zone” for psychological wellbeing. The report highlights the importance of so-called “Blue Health” – the link between health and the natural environment.
Of course the benefits we get all year round, are also important for visitors to the area and never more so than following months of confinement and restrictions because of lockdown.
For these reasons, it is particularly pleasing that once again many of our beaches have won awards. Keep Britain Tidy has awarded Anstey’s Cove, Goodrington Beach, Maidencombe Beach, Paignton Beach, Preston Sands, Meadfoot and Torre Abbey Sands the national Seaside Award for bathing and resort.
Meanwhile, Breakwater Beach, Broadsands and Oddicombe Beach have all been given a combined Seaside (resort) and globally recognised Blue Flag Award.
Bob Jope HEALTHWATCH TORBAY
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