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Italy is the Second Healthiest Country

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Italy is the second healthiest country in the world. Italy received the top-ranked health score for European countries and came in just behind Singapore in the world rankings. The health score includes mortality rates, smoking, immunization, health care, and life expectancy (which for Italians is 83 years old, tied for second in the world). The Italian diet consists of fresh foods, such as fish, vegetables, fruits, smaller portion of meat, family dinners and daily routine that involves walking. Cooking with olive oil was also noted for health benefits, helping reduce risk for heart attacks and strokes. Another key factor is family dinners, which provide a daily way to relieve stress.