Enjoying nature may lessen need for some medications, study finds

Enjoying nature may lessen need for some medications, study finds

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  • “Physical activity is thought to be the key mediating factor in the health benefits of green spaces when availability or active use of green space are considered,” said study coauthor Anu Turunen, a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, in an email.
  • The study, published Monday, January 16, in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, interviewed approximately 6,000 random people in three of the largest cities in Finland about their use of green and blue spaces within a kilometer of their homes.
  • A 2019 study of green spaces around the globe found people who live near them are less likely to die prematurely.

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