Many studies have been done to evaluate the positive benefits of green space on an individual’s mental and physical wellbeing. People living in areas with higher levels of green vegetation have been found to have lower levels of depression, increased social engagement and higher levels of physical activity. Being in or near nature helps to alleviate mental fatigue and restore the mind, which can improve job and school performance and help to reduce mental stress and illness. One study from the Harvard School of Public Health of 100,000 women nationwide determined that women living in the highest levels of “greenness” had a 12% lower rate of death compared to women who lived in the least green areas. The mental and physical health benefits can be attributed to many factors. Less depression could be the result of more time spent outside in green spaces, providing greater exposure to vitamin D which helps to reduce depression. Green spaces also invite people outdoors where they are more physically active and therefore, likely to be healthier. Exercise also improves cognitive function, learning and memory. Outdoor activities can help to alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. In addition, greener environments generally have lower levels of pollution, meaning that the risk of respiratory disease may be reduced. So regularly step outside and enjoy nature. It’s greening up all around us and it’s good for your health!
Founded in 1914, RVNA is an accredited non-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. RVNA provides compassionate care to all individuals, whether young or old, through a continuum of care that encompasses health care at home and in the community. RVNA also provides home health aides and companionship through a non-medical subsidiary called HomeCare by RVNA and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy in its Rehab by RVNA facility at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.
To Contact RVNA
Call RVNA at 203-438-5555. Visit RVNA at www.ridgefieldvna.org.