This Is the Best Type of Green Space for Your Mental Health, Experts Say

By Sam Nickerson

 
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Recent studies have examined the link between exposure to nature and health, but do some of these landscapes do a better job at boosting your health than others?

A new study out of the University of Wollongong in Australia found that public green spaces covered by some kind of tree canopy, as opposed to bare grass or low-lying vegetation, provide the greatest health benefit.

Published this week in JAMA Network Open, the study found that adults living in a neighborhood with at least 30 percent tree cover were 31 percent less likely to develop psychological distress and 33 percent less likely to have fair or poor health overall.

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