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Active and Passive Use of Green Space, Health, and Well-Being amongst University Students

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Department of Health Sciences, Furman University, Greenville, SC 29615, USA
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Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511, USA
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Department of Biology, Furman University, Greenville, SC 29615, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(3), 424; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16030424
Received: 27 December 2018 / Revised: 19 January 2019 / Accepted: 25 January 2019 / Published: 1 February 2019
Frequent exposure to green space has been linked to positive health and well-being in varying populations. Yet, there is still limited research exploring the restorative benefits associated with differing types of green space use among students living in the university setting. To address this gap, we explored green space use amongst a population of undergraduate students (n = 207) attending a university with abundant opportunities to access the restorative properties of nature. The purpose of this study was to examine the type and frequency of green space interactions that are most strongly associated with indicators of health and well-being, and investigate student characteristics associated with frequent use of green space. Results revealed that students who frequently engage with green spaces in active ways report higher quality of life, better overall mood, and lower perceived stress. Passive green space interactions were not strongly associated with indicators of health and well-being. Having had daily interactions with green space in childhood was associated with frequent green space use as a university student, and identified barriers to green space use included “not enough time,” and “not aware of opportunities” These results could assist in the tailoring of “green exercise” interventions conducted in the university setting. View Full-Text
Keywords: green space; physical activity; well-being; university students green space; physical activity; well-being; university students
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Holt, E.W.; Lombard, Q.K.; Best, N.; Smiley-Smith, S.; Quinn, J.E. Active and Passive Use of Green Space, Health, and Well-Being amongst University Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 424.

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