8 May 2018

Asthma less likely if children are out in nature - study

From Morning Report, 6:42 am on 8 May 2018

Children who spend more time in nature while they're growing up are less likley to develop asthma, according to a new study from Massey University. The study followed nearly 50,000 children over 18 years, using satellite images and land-use data to asses how much exposure they were getting to the natural environment. Researcher Jeroen Douwes told RNZ reporter Nita Blake-Persen that children who live in green areas are less likely to develop asthma - with native plants proving even better at protecting kids.