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EPA: Nearby Green Spaces Linked to Reduced Chronic Stress

Exposure to green space in cities and suburbs is associated with a host of health benefits such as improved mental health, better pregnancy outcomes, and reduced cardiovascular disease and mortality. But how does spending time in green natural environments lead to better health? One explanation may be reducing the harmful effects of chronic stress. In October, EPA scientists published a paper in Elsevier, drawing a correlation between the amount of green space near homes and chronic stress reduction — the latter of which is thought to be among an interacting set of mechanisms that can improve our health.