Study: Greener Neighborhoods Make for Healthier Babies

Study: Greener Neighborhoods Make for Healthier Babies

 

Pregnant women living in “green” neighborhoods are more likely to deliver healthier babies, suggests a new study from researchers at Oregon State University and the University of British Columbia.

What makes a neighborhood green: the presence of trees, leaves, grass, and other greenery. Mothers who live in such greener spaces are more likely to deliver at full-term and have babies born at higher weights compared to mothers who live in urban areas that aren’t as green, according to the study recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

“This was a surprise,” says lead author Petty Hystad, an environmental epidemiologist at the College of Public Health and Human Services at Oregon State. “We expected the association between greenness and birth outcomes to disappear once we accounted for other environmental exposures, such as air pollution and noise. The research really suggests that greenness affects birth outcomes in other ways, such as psychologically or socially.” Researchers controlled for factors such as neighborhood income, exposure to air pollution, noise, and neighborhood walkability.

Between 1999 and 2002, researchers tracked more than 64,000 births in Vancouver, British Columbia. They found that when mothers lived in greener neighborhoods, pre-term births were 20 percent lower, and moderate pre-term births were 13 percent lower for infants. The study also found that infants from greener neighborhoods tended to be of a healthier weight: They weighed 45 grams more at birth than infants from less-green neighborhoods.

Why the link to healthier pregnancies and green neighborhoods? More research needs to be done to determine if green space opens the door to more social opportunities and enhances a woman’s sense of belonging in the community, or if it has a psychological effect in reducing stress and depression, Hystad says. The study also was not clear on what type of green space is most beneficial to pregnant women, but Hystad says that adding a planter to a patio or a tree to a sidewalk wouldn’t make a large difference in birth outcomes.

The study is one of several recently that shows the health benefits of green space, Hystad says.

“We know a lot about the negative influences, such as living closer to major roads, but demonstrating that a design choice can have benefits is really uplifting,” says the study’s senior author Michael Brauer of the University of British Columbia. “With the high cost of health care, modifying urban design features, such as increasing green space, may turn out to be extremely cost-effective strategies to prevent disease, while at the same time also providing ecological benefits.”

Source: Oregon State University

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List of Farmers’ Markets in San Mateo County

Who doesn’t love a good farmers’ market!  I used to think you had to wait till Sprint – till Susan found this schedule on the County of San Mateo website – so I had to share.  Please enjoy – and maybe we’ll see you there!

 

SATURDAY  
 
Coastside Farmers’ Market *** May – December
  Shoreline Station 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  225 Cabrillo Hwy  
  Half Moon Bay  
     
Daly City Certified Farmers’ Market *** All Year
  Serramonte Shopping Center 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  Serramonte Boulevard, behind Target  
  Daly City  
     
Millbrae Certified Farmers’ Market All Year
  200 Block of Broadway

between Victoria & La Cruz

Millbrae

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
     
San Mateo Certified Farmers’ Market *** All Year
  College of San Mateo

West Hillsdale & Campus Drive

San Mateo

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
     
Redwood City Certified Farmers’ Market * April – November
  Winslow & Middlefield, near Broadway

Redwood City

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
     
South San Francisco Farmers’ Market *** May – October
  Orange Memorial Park

Tennis Drive between Orange Ave and N. Canal

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
   
Foster City Charter Square Farmers’ Market All Year
  791 Beach Park Blvd

Foster City

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
   
Web Ranch Certified Farmers Market Jan – Nov
  2720 Alpine Road 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  Portola Valley  
     
SUNDAY  
 
The Fresh Market, Burlingame April – December
  Burlingame Avenue

between Park & Primrose Road

Burlingame

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
     
Belmont Certified Farmers’ Market *** All Year
  El Camino Real at O’Neill

Belmont

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
   
Menlo Park Certified Farmers’ Market All Year
  Chestnut at Crane

Menlo Park

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
   
West Coast Farmers’ Market at San Bruno June – Nov
  San Mateo Drive

between Jenevein and Sylvan Ave

San Bruno

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
     
West Coast Farmers’ Market at Harbor Village All Year
  270 Capistrano Road, Suite 28

Half Moon Bay

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
     
Woodside Farmers’ Market  April – October
  Woodside Elementary School

Woodside

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
     
TUESDAY  
 
25th Avenue Certified Farmers’ Market *** May – October
  194 W 25th Avenue

San Mateo

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     
Kaiser Hospital – South San Francisco ***  May – October
  1200 El Camino Real

South San Francisco

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
   
WEDNESDAY  
 
Kaiser Hospital – Redwood City *** May – October
  Maple St @ Marshall St.

Redwood City

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
     
Coastside Farmers’ Market *** May – December
  Rockaway Beach District

400 Old County Road

Pacifica

2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
     
East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market *** April – December
  1798-A Bay Road

East Palo Alto

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
     
PJCC Farmers’ Market ** All Year
  800 Foster City Blvd

Foster City

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
     
Mountain Goat Farmers’ Market  
  17285 Skyline Blvd

(intersection of 84 & Skyline)

Woodside

March – October

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Nov – Dec

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

     
Web Ranch Certified Farmers Market Jan – Nov
  2720 Alpine Road 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  Portola Valley  
     
THURSDAY  
 
Daly City Certified Farmers’ Market *** All Year
  Serramonte Shopping Center

Serramonte Boulevard, behind Target

Daly City

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
     
San Carlos Certified Farmers’ Market May – September
  Laurel St. between Olive & Cherry

San Carlos

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     
The Fresh Market – Burlingame April – September
  Burlingame Avenue

between Park & Primrose Road

Burlingame

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     
Pescadero Grown *** May – November
  350 Stage Road

Pescadero

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
     
San Mateo County Employees Farmers’ Market June – Oct
  County Government Center

Redwood City

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

(twice a month)

   
Portola Valley Farmers’ Market Apr – Oct
  765 Portola Road

Portola Valley

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  Nov – Mar
  2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
   
Brisbane Community Farmers’ Market All Year
  11 Old County Road

Brisbane

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

For updated info please visit: http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/cmo/menuitem.7592865717b71e7455f3cdc7917332a0/?vgnextoid=882374bfd76a0210VgnVCM1000001d37230aRCRD&vgnextfmt=subDivisionsDetails

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