Associations of neighbourhood greenness with physical and mental health: do walking, social coherence and local social interaction explain the relationships?
A mailed-survey study was conducted to examine associations of perceived neighbourhood "greenness" with perceived physical and mental health and to investigate whether walking and social factors account for the relationships.
The study concluded that perceived neighbourhood greenness was more strongly associated with mental health than it was with physical health. Recreational walking seemed to explain the link between greenness and physical health, whereas the relationship between greenness and mental health was only partly accounted for by recreational walking and social coherence. The restorative effects of natural environments may be involved in the residual association of this latter relationship.
Benefits (general/multiple), Health (human)