Health Benefits of Trees street trees

Physical inactivity and obesity are on the rise. The majority of Americans are not active enough and do not meet suggested daily standards of moderate activity to reduce risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart, stroke, cancer and diabetes, creating significant costs to national health services. Trees are one way to encourage outdoor physical activity and urban forests, parks and greenspaces have become increasingly popular as places to walk, run, bike and hike.

Doctors are prescribing a dose of nature to improve wellness in adults and children. Nature is also an antidote to stress.

Fast Facts on active living, wellness and physiology, mental health and function, work and learning, and reduced risk from lower temperatures in urban areas, lower early childhood prevalence of asthma, lower levels of illness and disease from Green Cities: Good Health.