Study touts ben­e­fits of nearby green­ery

The Daily Courier - - CANADA -

FRED­ER­IC­TON — A new study sug­gests hav­ing daily ex­po­sure to trees and other green­ery can ex­tend your life.

Dan Crouse of the Univer­sity of New Brunswick, along with other re­searchers across Canada and the United States, stud­ied 1.3 mil­lion Cana­di­ans in 30 cities over an 11year pe­riod.

“We found that those who have more trees and veg­e­ta­tion around where they lived had an eight to 12 per cent re­duced risk of dy­ing com­pared to those who didn’t,” Crouse said Wed­nes­day.

The study used data from the 2001 long-form cen­sus and com­pared it to Cana­dian mor­tal­ity data base for the next 11 years.

Re­searchers took into ac­count the amount of trees, plants, shrubs and other veg­e­ta­tion within 250 me­tres of an in­di­vid­ual’s home and cre­ated es­ti­mates of daily green­ness ex­po­sure, he said.

They also used com­mu­nity data such as so­cioe­co­nomic makeup and en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ac­ter­is­tics like air pol­lu­tion and pop­u­la­tion den­sity.

“Hold­ing all that con­stant, if you live in a greener area, com­pared to a less greener area, there’s about a 10-per­cent re­duced risk of dy­ing,” he said.

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