Better Nutrition

LIVE GREEN, LIVE LONGER

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A green environmen­t with lots of plants, shrubs, and trees extends women’s lives, according to a Harvard study of more than 108,000 female nurses. Researcher­s mapped their home locations and used satellite imagery to see density of vegetation within ¾ of a mile around homes, and correlated the data with health and deaths during an 8- year period. More greenery equated with better mental health, more social activities, more physical activity, less air pollution, and significan­tly fewer deaths from kidney disease, respirator­y conditions, and cancer. For urban dwellers, it’s a good idea to take advantage of local parks and hiking trails.

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