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Lesson 7: Green Space and Public Health


The purpose of this lesson is to continue exploring characteristics of urban areas that promote public health. Specifically, this lesson focuses on how green space improves neighborhood health by providing space for recreation, which decreases obesity. The lesson begins by having students brainstorm how they typically spend their time during a day off on a snowy day in the winter and a sunny day in the summer. Next, students work in groups either by making calculations using a website or looking at data tables to investigate how living near green space can affect an individual’s activities and the number of calories they burn. The students then reflect on their own activities and consider how their choice of activities would change if they lived close to different types of green spaces. Finally, students read and discuss an article from the New York Times which describes the importance and benefits of exercise outdoors.