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 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. We present more detailed examples of 10 good practices from Europe and all over the world in our paper here.   These examples make the case for investing more time, capacities and funds in further developing GI in Europe. By raising awareness and calling for action on national levels, we hope to contribute to a better and more concrete integration of green infrastructure and health on the ground. 

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 Access to Parks and Trees Prolongs Life (Horizon Magazine) Children living in areas with more street trees have lower prevalence of asthma How cities use parks to improve public health Green areas alleviate brain fatigue 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 Healthy Nature Healthy People (Health Promotion International) 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 Healthy Parks Healthy People 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? Cities, green infrastructure and health (Landscape Institute) 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