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Physical inactivity costs the NHS between £1 billion - £1.8 billion each year. The costs of lost productivity to the wider economy have been estimated to be £5.5 billion from sickness absence and £1 billion from premature death of people of working age.
Taken together, these costs may total £8.3 billion
Be Active, Be Healthy, A Plan for getting the Nation moving, February 2009
Good quality, accessible green space and infrastructure can provide many potential health and wellbeing benefits. The most significant of these can be grouped into three broad categories:
increased life expectancy and reduced health inequality
improvements in levels of physical activity and health
promotion of psychological health and mental well-being
( Forest Research, 2010)
Overview of Evidence The natural environment can help with the major health problems facing society Indirect benefits Direct benefits Reducing health inequalities Moderating impact from extreme weather Improving mental health Shelter from UV, noise, wind Improving physical activity Carbon sequestration Reducing obesity Improved water and air quality Enhancing social cohesion Food