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The Sister Study


Green Spaces and Recreational Activity in the Sister Study

Having green spaces in urban environments is known to have important health benefits. These benefits are thought to be achieved, in part, because of increased opportunities for recreational physical activity. Using national land cover data, each Sister Study participant was assigned a score that captured their proximity to green spaces. Compared to those with the lowest level of greenness, participants with the highest level of greenness were more likely to garden, participate in sports, run, walk, and engage in conditioning exercises. These findings suggest that greenness may promote physical activity and provide support for building and maintaining green environments as a way to improve human health and wellbeing.

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