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Island living suited to a long, healthy life

SHANGHAI'S Chongming County had registered 95 people who are older than 100 years by the end of June and was awarded the title of "Chinese Longevity County" by the Gerontological Society of China yesterday.

Chongming is the 15th "Chinese Longevity County," and is also the first ever "longevity island."

In a longevity county, seven people out of every 100,000 should be over 100 years old and more than 1.4 percent of the population should be over 80, according to the GSC. Chongming met the criteria.

Chongming's residents have an average life expectancy of 80.26 years, 8.26 years above the national average.

According to Peng Chenlei, Party secretary of Chongming County, the ecological environment and eating healthy agricultural products contribute to Chongming people's long lives.

"Chongming has a forest coverage rate of 20.78 percent. The fertile land provides abundant vegetables and fruits including yam, asparagus, oranges and sugar cane," Peng said.

"Some people over 100 years old also enjoy the habit of taking a sip of Chongming rice wine daily. They prefer light food with fresh vegetables as well."

Zhai Jingxian, secretary general of the GSC, said Chongming's award is an honor for Shanghai.

"It is a golden opportunity for Chongming to promote its green agricultural products and eco-tourism," Zhai said. "It also has a responsibility to promote the traditional practice of showing respect for the aged among the public."


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