A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and published in the American Journal of Public Health found that people in two Philadelphia neighbourhoods who wore heart rate monitors when they went for walks saw a reduction in heart rate when they walked by a lot that underwent “greening” – cleaning, debris removal and planting grass and trees.
“The reduction we found suggests a biological link between urban blight reduction strategies like vacant lot greening and reductions in stress,” said Dr. Eugenia South, the lead author of the study.
This isn’t the first time Dr. South and the university has conducted research on the positive effects of green spaces. An earlier study found that people living near vacant land that had been “greened” felt safer than those who lived near non-greened sites.
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For more information on the study visit the Project Evergreen site http://projectevergreen.org/the-value-of-green-spaces-continues-to-rise/.
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