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Time spent in “green” places linked with longer life in women

March 9, 2017

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Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, Contributor

Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD (Beth) is a pioneer in lifestyle medicine education, and an award-winning teacher at Harvard Medical School as well as Harvard Extension School. She currently practices lifestyle medicine through her health and wellness … See Full Bio
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May 1, 2017

Green place uplift the mood and spending 10 minutes in nature is most beneficial.
we need to grow more trees to save our earth.

April 21, 2017

Such a beautiful article that inspire people for batter and healthy life. We have to do plantation for increase greenery around us its also beneficial for both environment and us.

Mana Rai
March 19, 2017

Congratulations and thanks to the researcher. Wonderful message to the public for better and healthier living. Authorities should be given message to adopt the policies to build green places and plantation of trees.

March 14, 2017

Thank you.

Russ Klettke
March 14, 2017

In my work I have come across the New York Restoration Project, something actually created and supported by actress/singer Bette Midler, and admire the organization’s work on this very scenario. They create green spaces in blighted areas of New York City, and they are studying its effects. Learn more here:

March 14, 2017

It seems that the socioeconomic status of the subjects could confound the results. That is, wealthier people may tend to live in greener areas as opposed to less advantaged people, who might live in urban, less green areas. And since socioeconomic status also correlates with longevity, the effect seen could be a result of that, not green places. Was that controlled for in this study? Thanks for an intriguing article.

March 14, 2017

Great point.
Per the authors, “models were adjusted for mortality risk factors (age, race/ethnicity, smoking, and individual- and area-level socioeconomic status.”

Charles Ragen
March 14, 2017

While correlation is not causation….Healthy is as healthy does. Parks and plazas are vital in their different roles to maintain the health and sanity of urban dwellers. Imagine Manhattan without Central Park: Bedlam with a score of Caucaphony.
This is why we should create and maintain parks.
Especially landscape parks, deciduous forest preserves, public gardens, green and open space ofall kinds.
If people are fortunate enough to live near an Olmsted heritage park they should be vigilant in its preservation.
For example, learn more about preserving and enhancing Seattle’s unique landscape parks at:

bengtåke kinander
March 14, 2017

I am very greatful for this information. I agree 100%. I work with peoples health every day (pain clinic) and I will use this for inform them !

bengt åke kinnander

March 14, 2017

Wonderful article!! this confirms why God is the creator; He spent five days creating an environment suitable for man before he created him as the Bible reads in Genesis 1 and 2.
Let us make effort of saving the environment we were created in and for and practice the dominion given to us in managing our environment

Maureen Green
March 14, 2017

So true. In fact, we only had one job before the fall. Tend the garden.

Sylvia Kaplan
March 13, 2017

I would find it interesting to compare women in urban areas adjacent to parks (such a Branch Brook Park in Newark NJ) with women in urban areas not near parks.

Nancy Blake
March 13, 2017

‘Exercise is medicine.’.

Not for people with ME/CFS/SEID, for whom, according to the IOM Report, ‘exertion of any type, physical, cognitive or emotional, may adversely affect many organ systems.

For these parients, exercise is toxic.

Rest from the inception gives the most favourable prognosis.

K McCreless
March 13, 2017

Sounds very reasonable. Are there similar studies regarding green effects on men?

I retired 8 months ago from a congested urban environment to a small rural town in wooded/farming area. The lowered blood pressure, increased sleep, and generally positive mood have been wonderful.

March 13, 2017

Many years ago during a terrible chronic illness, I found peace in walking in the French Alps where I lived – climbing daily and pushing through the pain, with my dogs and cats tagging along. Nature definitely helped me through my battle and I won that battle despite the very poor prognosis.

March 13, 2017

Wow, knew this with out the research, now know since a horrible fire, why my life has been so impacted.

Now have proof for my family as to why my gardens have been so incredibly important for me.

Have now shared this with my professional health community.

March 13, 2017

Did the study control for income or wealth? Size of town?

March 14, 2017

Great question.

Per the study authors, “models were adjusted for mortality risk factors (age, race/ethnicity, smoking, and individual- and area-level socioeconomic status.”

Lucas Medeiros
March 13, 2017

Dr Elizabeth Frates,

Your beautiful article reminds me to tap today into the deep source of nature’s positive energy. Friends, greener spaces and well being. Thank you so much!

March 14, 2017

Thank you. Brazil has so many beautiful green spaces.

Armando Ribeiro das Neves Neto
March 9, 2017

Wonderful! Parents, educators, managers, politicians and health professionals are responsible for creating a culture of contact with nature. A green life should begin with a change of mentality and start for an effective change of behavior. Lifestyle medicine has been showing the many benefits of a healthier lifestyle.
Congratulations Dra Frates.

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