Webinar: Urban Green Spaces and Health

An increasing amount of research has come to demonstrate that trees and green spaces are corner stones for a healthy urban environment. Green spaces support stress relief and recovery from mental fatigue, which contributes substantially to health and well-being.

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Other pathways between urban green and health are increased physical activity and social cohesion as well as various ecosystem services. Interestingly, exposure to nature reduces the prevalence of many disorders associated with these health and risk factors, such as obesity, heart failure, and depression. Vulnerable populations, like children and underprivileged groups, seem to benefit more from urban green spaces. Health inequalities are, for example, less pronounced in green areas.

It now seems clear that trees and green spaces do promote health. But why is this so and how do we use this knowledge? This presentation will outline pathways and mechanisms behind the health effects from urban natural environments. It will also present obstacles to policy and practice implementation and suggest possible ways forward.

Dr. van den Bosch is a doctor in medicine as well as in landscape planning and public health. Since July 2016, she is an assistant professor at The University of British Columbia, Canada, where she holds a shared position between the School of Population and Public Health and the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences. Her research focuses on the influence of environmental exposures on human health, for example, how access to natural environments can protect and improve human health and how this displays in various populations across different socioeconomic conditions. Results from her studies may be used for healthier urban planning with improved conditions for both people and natural ecosystems. Dr. van den Bosch works as a consultant for numerous international organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the UN Environmental Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada.

Date and time: Thursday, September 14, 2017 2:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
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Thursday, September 14, 2017 11:00 am
Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Panelist(s) Info:
Matilda van den Bosch
Assistant Professor
Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
The University of British Columbia
Duration: 1 hour

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