Benefits of Urban Trees to Health
Planting trees builds community and makes cities pleasant places to live.
- Faster healing times – People recovering from injury or illness heal faster when they have views of trees and nature outside windows or can walk in gardens and natural areas.
- Lower stress levels – People who view nature after stressful situations have reduced physiological stress responses, creating a positive impact on people’s immune systems.
- Better public health – Cities with tree-lined streets are more walkable, encouraging more active lifestyles among residents which decreases obesity and increases cardiovascular health.
TREES AND HEALTH RESOURCES
Trees Increase Physical Activity (840 KB, pdf)
Nature and Psychology (112 KB, pdf)
Trees and Human Health Research
Trees and Stress Levels