By Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 23:30 GMT, 20 November 2019 | Updated: 08:40 GMT, 21 November 2019
Living near a park may slash your risk of an early death, according to the biggest ever review of the evidence.
An international team of researchers analysed nine existing studies involving eight million city-dwellers around the world.
Results showed adults who lived near green spaces were significantly less likely to die young from any cause, including heart disease, cancer and dementia.
Living near parks slashes your risk of an early death, scientists found after reviewing international studies involving eight million people (file)
Urban parks help improve the air quality, filtering out toxic pollutants that kill scores of people every year.
Researchers say they also offer no-cost spaces for people to exercise, which helps drive down obesity rates.
These benefits are also good for mental health and stress levels, said the Barcelona Institute for Global Health-led academic team.
They have now called for more shrubs, plants and trees to be planted in urban areas on the back of the findings.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), found that children in the state who grew up within a third of a mile of a park were at a lower risk of becoming obese by age 18 and were less at-risk for chronic health problems later in life.
After a review of studies on California parks and human health, they concluded parks may offer a free, untapped resource for millions of Californians and city dwellers on the whole.
One of these studies surveyed 80,000 California households about their mental health, stress and