Health

Did you know that the annual economic burden of health impacts from air pollution in Europe is more than 1 trillion EUR? Have you heard about the rehabilitation garden in Sweden that improves mental health of patients and significantly lowers primary care costs? Our new publication on green infrastructure (GI) and health presents the most recent scientific findings and evidence on beneficial effects and economic advantages of having more nature, collected and/or compiled by institutions such as World Health Organization and the Institute for the European Environment Policy. We will send this publication to the representatives of national health authorities in Central and Eastern Europe, calling them to invest more time, capacities and funds in promoting the development of GI in their countries. By raising awareness and calling for action on national levels, we are hoping to contribute to a better and more concrete integration of green infrastructure and health on the ground. You can read more about it here  – feel free to use and share the content!

Resources

The Health and Social Benefits of Nature and Biodiversity Protection

Green Infrastructure, Ecosystem Services, and Human Health

How our health depends on biodiversity

The contribution of Protected Areas to Human Health

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being

Positive health effects of the natural outdoor environment in typical populations in different regions in Europe

Children living in areas with more street trees have lower prevalence of asthma

How cities use parks to improve public health

Living close to green areas can have far reaching mental health benefits for people

Interacting with Nature Improves Cognition and Affect for Individuals with Depression

Parks and Other Green Environments: Essential Components of a Healthy Human Habitat

Effect of forest bathing trips on human immune function

Contribution of public parks to physical activity

Urban residential environments and senior citizens’ longevity in megacity areas: the importance of walkable green spaces

Effects of Horticultural Therapy on Mood and Heart Rate

The mental and physical health outcomes of green exercise

Improving Health and Wellness through Access to Nature

This is Your Brain on Nature

Exploring connections among nature, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human health and well-being

Potential of Green Infrastructure as healthy habitats

Looking to nature for a healthier Europe

Health benefits of nature and biodiversity

Green Infrastructure and Public Health

Green Care: a Conceptual Framework

Promoting Ecosystem and Human Health in Urban Areas Using Green Infrastructure

What Is the Impact of Using Outdoor Spaces Such as Gardens on the Physical and Mental Well-Being of Those With Dementia?

The evidence base for linkages between green infrastructure, public health and economic benefit

How forests heal people?

The Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, Ohio

Access to Nature for Older Adults: Promoting Health Through Landscape Design

Nature for health and equality