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It’s time to organize a block party. Doctor’s orders.

According to a University of Michigan study, living in a tight-knit neighborhood can reduce your risk of stroke by nearly half.

Researchers tracked the health of 6,740 adults age 50 and up who rated four key aspects of their communities: “I really feel part of this area,” “Most people in this area are friendly,” “Most people in this area can be trusted,” and “If you were in trouble, there are lots of people in this area who would help you.”

Participants who ranked neighborhood cohesion highest were 48 percent less likely to suffer a stroke — similar to the benefits of not smoking.

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