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Park it by a (green) park to be healthy and happy

Here's some truly green living news reported in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health: Your health and happiness could directly relate to whether you live by a green space. The study evaluated 300,000 Dutch children and adults and the results showed that the subjects living near these areas had lower rates of various health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, chronic neck and back pain, asthma, and migraines. However, the greatest connection was between green areas and lower rates of anxiety and depression. Stop rolling your eyes. I know you can't just break your lease or take over your neighbor's much more pristine backyard. But in addition to the better air quality, researchers think the relationship has to do with getting more exercise and cooling off from city life. You may not be relocating anytime soon, but you can be conscious of where you spend your free time. Get out to a nearby park to exercise and take a break from daily stressors--it's not a stretch to think you may see improvements in your mental and physical health.

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