Urban nature as a resource for public health

Authored by: Helena Nordh , Caroline M. Hägerhäll , Terry Hartig

The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415684606
eBook ISBN: 9780203096925
Adobe ISBN: 9781136220609


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An increasing number of people around the world are coming to live in urban areas. Urbanization and the lifestyle changes it entails are in turn contributing to the increased importance of non-communicable diseases as causes of morbidity and mortality. This phenomenon is not limited to Western societies; chronic physical and mental health problems are major problems in all parts of the world (Desjarlais et al. 1995). Moreover, urbanization is proceeding in countries and regions of the world where households and societies have relatively few economic resources to protect them from adverse consequences (Desjarlais et al. 1995; Vlahov and Galea 2002).

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