The 13 healthiest places in the UK

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winchestercathedral Getty Choristers from Winchester Cathedral don ice-skates to enjoy the artificial rink set up beside the cathedral.

The Legatum Institute, a London-based think-tank, released its first ever UK only Prosperity Index, ranking the regions of the UK by their level of prosperity.

Prosperity is not just about how much money a region has, but also includes how people feel in their day-to-day lives, and how happy they are.

As the report's director Alexandra Mousavizadeh notes: "We believe that true prosperity is as much about well being as it is about wealth, and something has held the UK back."

The index is compiled using seven sub-indexes created from more than 40 variables: economic quality, business environment, education, health, safety and security, social capital, and natural environment.

Business Insider took a look to find the places in the UK where people are healthiest. Check out the list below:

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13. Epsom and Ewell — The Surrey district of Epsom, home to the world-renowned Epsom Downs racecourse, gives its name to Epsom salts, one of the WHO's essential medicines.

13. Epsom and Ewell — The Surrey district of Epsom, home to the world-renowned Epsom Downs racecourse, gives its name to Epsom salts, one of the WHO's essential medicines.
13. Epsom and Ewell — The Surrey district of Epsom, home to the world-renowned Epsom Downs racecourse, gives its name to Epsom salts, one of the WHO's essential medicines.
12. East Dorset — A largely rural area, East Dorset is famed for its beautiful countryside and clean air.
12. East Dorset — A largely rural area, East Dorset is famed for its beautiful countryside and clean air.
11. Mole Valley — The region of Surrey has two major towns, Dorking and Leatherhead, and scored highly across the seven sub-indexes, meaning it ranked 2nd overall in the UK Prosperity Index. Its 11th place in health was its best individual ranking.
11. Mole Valley — The region of Surrey has two major towns, Dorking and Leatherhead, and scored highly across the seven sub-indexes, meaning it ranked 2nd overall in the UK Prosperity Index. Its 11th place in health was its best individual ranking.
10. East Cambridgeshire — Cambridgeshire's county town, Cambridge is home to the university where scientists Crick and Watson figured out the structure of DNA, so it is no wonder that it is one of Britain's healthiest areas.
10. East Cambridgeshire — Cambridgeshire's county town, Cambridge is home to the university where scientists Crick and Watson figured out the structure of DNA, so it is no wonder that it is one of Britain's healthiest areas.
9. South Cambridgeshire — While the whole county is healthy, the south is a little healthier than the east, according to the Legatum Institute's research.
9. South Cambridgeshire — While the whole county is healthy, the south is a little healthier than the east, according to the Legatum Institute's research.
8. Waverley — Waverley's 8th place in the health sub-index helped it to top spot overall in the UK Prosperity Index. The UK's most prosperous area, according to the Legatum Institute, is in Surrey. The region is home to the town of Godalming, and is well known for its green space.
8. Waverley — Waverley's 8th place in the health sub-index helped it to top spot overall in the UK Prosperity Index. The UK's most prosperous area, according to the Legatum Institute, is in Surrey. The region is home to the town of Godalming, and is well known for its green space.
7. West Dorset — As with many areas on this list, West Dorset is largely rural, with the exception of coastal towns like Poole and Bournemouth. Overall on the UK Prosperity Index it was 27th.
7. West Dorset — As with many areas on this list, West Dorset is largely rural, with the exception of coastal towns like Poole and Bournemouth. Overall on the UK Prosperity Index it was 27th.
6. West Somerset — Another rural part of the country with beautiful beaches, low pollution levels and a high quality of life. The West Country region is one of the UK's healthiest.
6. West Somerset — Another rural part of the country with beautiful beaches, low pollution levels and a high quality of life. The West Country region is one of the UK's healthiest.
5. Kensington and Chelsea —As one of the richest parts of the country, and home to several world-class hospitals, it is no wonder that the people of Kensington and Chelsea are so healthy.
5. Kensington and Chelsea —As one of the richest parts of the country, and home to several world-class hospitals, it is no wonder that the people of Kensington and Chelsea are so healthy.
4. Barnet — Barnet didn't exactly achieve stellar scores across the board, finishing 117th overall in the index. That would have been even lower if it wasn't for the London borough's stellar ranking for health.
4. Barnet — Barnet didn't exactly achieve stellar scores across the board, finishing 117th overall in the index. That would have been even lower if it wasn't for the London borough's stellar ranking for health.
3. Rushcliffe — Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire was only the 54th most prosperous region of the UK overall, but when it comes to health, the area scored very highly.
3. Rushcliffe — Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire was only the 54th most prosperous region of the UK overall, but when it comes to health, the area scored very highly.
2. Hart — The Hampshire region, about an hour from London, is frequently named as one of the best places in the UK to live, and part of that is down to how healthy people in the area are.
2. Hart — The Hampshire region, about an hour from London, is frequently named as one of the best places in the UK to live, and part of that is down to how healthy people in the area are.
1. Winchester — Winchester, a cathedral city in Hampshire, is the healthiest place in the UK, according to the Legatum Institute.
1. Winchester — Winchester, a cathedral city in Hampshire, is the healthiest place in the UK, according to the Legatum Institute.
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