A recent study by some Dutch researchers shows that people who live within about 2 miles of "green space" have significantly fewer physical health problems. The researchers compared people who live in close proximity to green space with those who don't.
Interestingly, the annual rates for some pretty serious physical ailments were significantly lower among those folks who live close to green space (and presumably, go out and enjoy it once in a while). These folks had fewer incidences of:
- heart disease
- Depression and anxiety
- stomach bugs
- respiratory infections and athsma
As soon as the day breaks, I'm hauling my two sick kids outside.