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RealAge Test Reveals America’s 10 Best Cities for a Happy Marriage

ATLANTA, GA, June 20, 2013 — When it comes to living longer, marriage matters. But not if you’re only married for the “sake of the kids” or because staying married is easier than getting divorced. The real anti-aging benefits of marriage (4.2 years younger for a man and 2.5 years younger for a woman) come from healthy, happy and fulfilling unions, which according to a sample of 250,000 people who’ve taken Sharecare’s RealAge Test are most likely to be found in these 10 U.S. cities:

  1. Cincinnati, OH
  2. Salt Lake City, UT
  3. Greenville, SC
  4. Milwaukee, WI
  5. Boston, MA
  6. Pittsburg, PA
  7. Charlotte, NC
  8. Knoxville, TN
  9. Indianapolis, IN
  10. Grand Rapid, MI

To find out each city’s recipe for wedded bliss, check out the Sharecare blog.

Says Keith Roach, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sharecare and co-creator of the RealAge Test, “Marriage itself is usually our most important social interaction.” Sure, other social relationships are significant, but being married is the most fundamental and important of all. “Someone who is happily married has the lowest risk of heart disease, cancer, even car accidents,” says Dr. Roach. “The difference is powerful and striking.” Happy marriages are especially important for men between the ages of 30 to 64. They are 30% less likely to have a heart attack than a man who is divorced, and their cancer risk drops dramatically. “It likely has to do with less stress, from the emotional support of a partner to sharing affection and intimacy,” says Dr. Roach.

About Sharecare

Sharecare is a health and wellness social engagement platform that helps people to live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including high-quality information from national experts, interactive tools and local healthcare providers. The power behind the site is its groundbreaking and popular, scientifically-based health risk assessment, the RealAge® Test, taken by more than 30 million people since its inception in 1998, and a unique, social Q&A format that provides the collective wisdom of America’s top experts—greatly simplifying the search for health information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice—simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta, GA.