Kids in nature, leads to less asthma

Kids in nature, leads to less asthma
23 July 2018

Better fitness isn’t the only health benefit to spending time outside in Aotearoa’s bush and park environments. New Zealand children who spend more time in parks and surrounded by nature are less likely to develop asthma, a Massey University study has found.

Study lead Jeroen Douwes said children living in areas with more green space were less likely to be asthmatic, with rates even lower for those exposed to native plants.

“If you increase that exposure by living close to parks and so on then you may exceed that threshold level and reduce the risk of allergies and asthma,” he said.

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