How green spaces can improve the health of city dwellers

By Agency

A man standing in Central Park Great Lawn in New York City, Manhattan during a sunny autumn day. Green spaces located close to where people live can encourage them to walk, jog, bike and garden. Photo: AFP

United States-based researchers have conducted a study to show how green spaces in cities promote physical activity among city dwellers. The research is intended to complement a tool that maps where city dwellers can enjoy the many benefits of nature.

It's no secret that physical activity is good for your health: it reduces stress and anxiety, it's assertive, it makes you feel more fulfilled and creative. But living near a park, community garden or other green space can also help you combat a sedentary lifestyle, says a new study by Stanford researchers.

"We want to help city planners understand where green spaces might best support people's health, so everyone can receive nature's benefits," explains Roy Remme, post-doctoral researcher at the Stanford Natural Capital Project and lead author of the study published in PNAS.

The Stanford researchers' study compiled decades of public health research on the benefits of nature for urban residents. It shows how green spaces located close to where people live can encourage them to walk, jog, bike and garden.

For example, some people may choose to walk a few extra blocks to admire a garden in bloom or bike to work along a river trail, getting a boost from all the physical activity benefits they might have missed out on had they not been motivated by the proximity of the natural spaces.

The Stanford researchers take the city of Amsterdam as an example, a city known for its strong cycling culture and for its focus on nature through many parks and canals.

This study will serve as the basis for the Natural Capital Project, a free software programme that maps the places where people can benefit from the many advantages offered by green spaces. For example, this site was recently used to evaluate 775 European cities to understand the potential of nature-based solutions to climate change.

Ultimately, this new tool will be made available to urban planners and investors to provide data and help build arguments in favour of urban projects aimed at bringing nature into cities.

"Our ultimate goal is to create more healthy, equitable and sustainable cities," noted Anne Guerry, co-author and Chief Strategy Officer at the Natural Capital Project. – AFP Relaxnews

Enjoy a healthy life with vitamins and supplements. Use Lazada Voucher for extra savings

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Living

German app shakes up home grocery shopping with delivery in less than 10 minutes
#Star50: Malaysian businessman empowers special needs teens via skills training
#Star50: Star Golden Hearts Award recipient overcomes adversity to keep helping others
Billionaires are throwing money into racing into space while Earth burns
Why is it so difficult for people to ask for help?
3 tips for keeping your plants alive while you’re away
Germany will soon have a million electric cars on the road
Unhappy at work? Switching jobs isn't always the best solution
Salmon, scampi, strawberries:�The best food to pair with a rose wine
How Poland's cycle network is picking up speed

Stories You'll Enjoy