Our premise, “Nature As Neighbors”, is based on the notion that we believe living close to nature is a healthy and rewarding lifestyle, and is generally good for you. Now empirical evidence is showing that not only is nature is good for you – it will help you live longer. A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health concluded:
That’s a pretty bold statement coming from data-driven environmental scientists. In an eight-year study of over 100,000 women nation-wise, mortality rates were closely monitored. Adjusting for risk factors such as age, smoking, and socioeconomic status, the results showed a 12% reduction in mortality for those who lived with higher levels of green vegetation. Certainly access to physical activity, lower particulate matter in the air, and other healthy factors can be attributed to living in a green environment. But the study’s conclusion is inescapable:
More studies will continue, but the paper calls for state, local , and federal policies to encourage planting more vegetation as a way to offset harmful environmental exposure, encourage physical activity, and improve mental health. The good news is we don’t have to wait for government to act! The simple steps of planting trees, shrubs, or even a garden are well within our capabilities. Even the physically-challenged and elderly can find resources to help them plant or access green spaces.
We’ve been singing the praises of living with nature as neighbors™ and the importance of having elbow room for the soul™, and it’s always great to get more confirmation from the scientific world.
If you’d like to learn more about buying, or selling, a ViewHome of Clark County, call us today. We are the only Reatlors™ in the county who specialize in this lifestyle.