More plants = longer life?

The Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health has something interesting to say:

Women in the U.S. who live in homes surrounded by more vegetation appear to have significantly lower mortality rates than those who live in areas with less vegetation.

Why? Improved mental health is the main reason, but increased opportunities for social engagement, higher physical activity, and lower exposure to air pollution may also play an important role. 

This study was conducted with female subjects, but everything here seems like a plus for men as well. Until a contradicting study comes out, we're going to assume that what's good for the goose is good for the male goose.  

“We were surprised to observe such strong associations between increased exposure to greenness and lower mortality rates,” said Peter James, research associate in the Harvard  Department of Epidemiology.

We're not! But thanks for the street cred HTCSoPH! Plants are good for you. For increased opportunities for social engagement, check out our list of classes here.

Alma Vescovi