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Neighborhood blight, stress, and health: a walking trial of urban greening and ambulatory heart rate

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South, Eugenia C.; Kondo, Michelle C.; Cheney, Rose A.; Branas, Charles C.

Year Published

2015

Publication

American Journal of Public Health. 105(5): 909-913.

Abstract

We measured dynamic stress responses using ambulatory heart rate monitoring as participants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania walked past vacant lots before and after a greening remediation treatment of randomly selected lots. Being in view of a greened vacant lot decreased heart rate significantly more than did being in view of a nongreened vacant lot or not in view of any vacant lot. Remediating neighborhood blight may reduce stress and improve health.

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South, Eugenia C.; Kondo, Michelle C.; Cheney, Rose A.; Branas, Charles C. 2015. Neighborhood blight, stress, and health: a walking trial of urban greening and ambulatory heart rate. American Journal of Public Health. 105(5): 909-913. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2014.302526.

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