Do green areas affect health? Results from a Danish survey on the use of green areas and health indicators

Health Place. 2007 Dec;13(4):839-50. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2007.02.001. Epub 2007 Mar 27.


The article presents the result from a Danish survey on access and use of green areas and the impact on experienced stress and obesity. The statistical results indicate that access to a garden or short distances to green areas from the dwelling are associated with less stress and a lower likelihood of obesity. The number of visits cannot explain the effects of green areas on the health indicators. It is suggested that the significance of distance to green areas is mainly derived from its correlation with the character of the neighbourhood and its conduciveness to outdoor activities and "healthy" modes of travel.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Body Mass Index
  • Denmark
  • Environment*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Social Environment*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Trees