Living near trees has unbelievable health benefits
It's official! Living near a lot of trees makes you live forever!
Just kidding, but living on a street with 10 more trees than average (both on the street and in backyards) makes you feel as healthy as if you were seven years younger, or as if you were making an extra $10,000 a year.
The research focussed on the trees in Toronto, Canada and their effects on Toronto's population. They searched through maps and satellite images of 530,000 trees on the streets of Toronto. Then they compared the number of trees to the health of people on each block. The results were very interesting.
They found that the more trees were on a block, the less likely people were to be obese or have diabetes or heart disease. The researchers also compared the effect to the population's income. The more money people make, the more likely they are to feel healthy.
Omid Kardan, a doctoral student at the University of Chicago and lead author of the study, is now deduce what exactly is the direct scientific link between tree population and health.
Whatever the exact scientific reasoning, this study seems to prove that we could all benefit from some more greenery. So cities, get to plantin'!
Want to reap some more health benefits? Drink tea!
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