Science Says Women Who Live Near Greenery Live Longer

Go for a hike– it could actually help you live longer, at least if you’re a woman. In a study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, scientists analyzed questionnaires that more than 108,000 women took between 2000 and 2008 and determined that those subjects who resided in areas with the most vegetation had a 34 percent lower rate of mortality linked to respiratory disease, and a 13 percent lower rate of cancer mortality, compared to those who lived in the most barren areas. Ladies living near the most greenery had a mortality rate that was overall lower by 12 percent. Study author Peter James says the data provides “evidence that a large proportion of the benefit from high levels of vegetation seems to be connected with improved mental health.” Unfortunately, all the greenery didn’t seem to have an affect on deaths from a variety of other health issues, including heart attacks, diabetes, and stroke. (Newser)