Urban green space and healthy living: an exploratory study among Appia Antica Parks users (Rome- Italy) [proceedings]: presented in the 19th International MESAEP Symposium, Rome-Italy from October 04-06, 2017

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Abstract

The green areas can produce social, environ-mental and economic benefits. In an urban and sub-urban environment, green areas can work as a buffer against the detrimental impacts of lifestyle stresses, mitigate the impact of air pollution and hot waves, as well as contribute to the conservation of biodiver-sity. Current studies have demonstrated that people living closer to green areas receive positive effects on mental and physical wellbeing. The aim of this study was to gain information on healthy living and wellbeing in relation with green space, among urban park goers in the city of Rome. The research was per-formed, by administering a questionnaire. Question-naire-based interviews include 20 questions de-signed to collect information on physical and recre-ational activities performed and their frequencies, personal feelings about the benefit and protection of the green area. Moreover, park user characteristics (sex and age) were also recorded and how much green spaces influence their life choices. A total of 102 park goers were interviewed during summer 2015: most park users were adults (18-30 years old) males (55%). The results of this study indicate that the green area has healthy results on park users in terms of daily stress reduction and well-being per-ception, as well as awareness of the positive effects on air quality and mitigation of events related to cli-mate change as the heat waves. The resulting inter-views provided us useful information on perception and awareness of the positive effects of green area on mental and physical health of park users.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4984-4989
JournalFresenius Environmental Bulletin
Volume28
Issue number6/2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • questionnaire
  • green area
  • park users
  • human well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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