Journal article

The association between neighborhood greenness and cardiovascular disease: an observational study

Gavin Pereira, Sarah Foster, Karen Martin, Hayley Christian, Bryan J Boruff, Matthew Knuiman, Billie Giles-Corti

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated links between cardiovascular disease and physical inactivity and poor air quality, which are both associated with neighborhood greenness. However, no studies have directly investigated neighborhood greenness in relation to coronary heart disease risk. We investigated the effect of neighborhood greenness on both self-reported and hospital admissions of coronary heart disease or stroke, accounting for ambient air quality, socio-demographic, behavioral and biological factors. METHOD: Cross-sectional study of 11,404 adults obtained from a population representative sample for the period 2003-2009 in Perth, Western Australia. Neighborhood greenness wa..

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Awarded by Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway)


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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge Ms Sharyn Hickey and Mr Nicholas Middleton for the calculation of GIS measures and Dr Sarah Joyce and the Data Linkage Unit from the Department of Health WA for provision of the health data. The Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway) provided funding for this project under grant #18922.