Can you see green? This could be the key to living longer


Can you see green? This could be the key to living longer
According to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard's School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, the key to living longer and healthier might be closely tied to where you live and your access to nature.

The study, which analysed data from over 108,000 women who participated in the Nurse’s Health Study – a nationwide investigation into risk factors for chronic diseases in women – from 2000 to 2008, found that living in green areas had a significant impact on mortality rates. Women living in the greenest areas had a 12% lower death rate compared to those living in the least green areas.

To determine the level of greenery in a particular area, the researchers used satellite imagery from different seasons and years. The findings were surprising, as they suggest that vegetation can not only help mitigate the effects of climate change, but also have co-benefits for human health.

Peter James, study author and research associate at the Harvard Chan School’s Department of Epidemiology, stated, “We were surprised to see that there was a 12 percent lower rate of mortality. Our study suggests the potential co-benefit for health.”

While the study focused on women, it is believed that similar findings would apply to men as well. Access to green spaces and nature might play a significant role in improving overall health and well-being, and could potentially contribute to longer, healthier lives.


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