People's odds of loneliness could fall by up to half if cities hit 30% green space targets

One in four Australians feel lonely on three or more days a week. Our longitudinal study, just published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, finds adults in neighborhoods where at least 30% of nearby land was parks, reserves and woodlands had 26% lower odds of becoming lonely compared to their peers in areas with less than 10% green space. For people living on their own, the associations were even greater—in areas with 30% or more green space the odds of becoming lonely halved.

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