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Seeing a Greened Vacant Lot May Lower Stress

Photo of Cleaning-and-greening at Wister Street lot.  Robert Grossmann, Pennsylvania Horticultural SocietyCleaning-and-greening at Wister Street lot. Robert Grossmann, Pennsylvania Horticultural SocietySnapshot : Studies by Forest Service scientists showed that walking adjacent to greened vacant lots decreased participants' heart rate significantly more than did walking adjacent to a non-greened vacant lot or not in view of any vacant lot. Remediating neighborhood blight may reduce stress and improve health.?

Principal Investigators(s) :
Kondo, Ph.D., Michelle 
Research Location : Philadelphia, PA
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 856

Summary

Forest Service scientists measured dynamic stress responses using ambulatory heart rate monitoring as participants in Philadelphia, Penn., walked past vacant lots before and after a greening remediation treatment. Walking adjacent to a greened vacant lot decreased heart rate significantly more than did walking adjacent to a non-greened vacant lot or not in view of any vacant lot. Remediating neighborhood blight may reduce stress and improve human health.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Eugenia South, Charles Branas