More Evidence Proving Abundant Natural Environments and Outdoors Benefit Health

via: NaturalSociety
by: Kelsey Coy
July 31, 2012

Turns out that your mother’s advice to get out and get some fresh air may have been wiser than she even knew, with one study showing the benefits of nature. A study that analyzed morbidity of more than 345,000 people based on records from 195 different physicians spread across the Netherlands, individuals with a higher percentage of green space within a 1 km radius in the immediate vicinity of their postal code had a lower prevalence of 15 of 24 disease clusters. Morbidity was classified according to the International Classification of Primary Care, a classification “developed in response to an increasing demand for quality information on primary care as part of growing worldwide attention to global primary health care objectives, including the World Health Organization’s target of ‘health for all.’”

More Research Showcases the Benefits of Nature

In another study analyzing the morbidity of 366,000 over a five year period, Scottish researchers found that living near parks, woodland or other open spaces helped to reduce health inequalities related to income and social deprivation. Dr Terry Hartig, from the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University in Sweden, wrote: “This study offers valuable evidence that green space does more than ‘pretty up’ the neighbourhood – it appears to have real effects on health inequality, of a kind that politicians and health authorities should take seriously.”

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