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URBAN GREENSCAPES: NEW WAY FOR A HEALTHY LIVING

By Mukul Arora . 24th July 2018 12:30pm
URBAN GREENSCAPES: NEW WAY FOR A HEALTHY LIVING

Being surrounded by greenspaces is the coolest thing which could happen but it's quite unfortunate that our cities are lacking in the green cover. A new study found that surrounding yourself with the green environment not just makes you healthier but it is also helpful in fighting Depression, stress and anxiety. the research team measured the mental health of 342 residents before and after 541 vacant lots had been converted into green spaces as well as residents living near untreated abandoned lots, and those that just received trash clean-up. They found that people living close to greened lots had a 41.5% decrease in feelings of depression compared to those who lived near the lots that had not been cleaned. Those living near green lots also experienced a nearly 63% decrease in self-reported poor mental health compared to those living near lots that received no intervention. “This new data showed us that making structural changes, like greening lots, has a positive impact on the health of those living in these neighborhoods. And that it can be achieved in a cost-effective and scalable way,” Researchers said; In neighborhoods below the poverty line, the feelings of depression among residents who lived near green lots decreased significantly by more than 68%. “The findings support that exposure to more natural environments can be part of restoring mental health, particularly for people living in stressful and chaotic urban environments,” This content was originally published in HT media we have made certain changes to it. For more content like this keep visiting gabruu.com  


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