Could a greener city mean a healthier you?

The University of Louisville has invited people ages 25 to 70 in your area to participate in a community health study exploring how trees, shrubs, and other plants can positively impact the health of a neighborhood and the people who live there.

What’s involved in participation?

This is a five-year study with just two appointments – one in 2019 and another in 2021. If you are participating in the study, we will monitor your health before planting. We will continue to monitor your health after planting and check for improvements in the community over the next five years. Compensation for your time in the study will be provided.

Why Louisville?

Right now, the greenness of our city is definitely not what it could be.

  • Louisville has received an F from the American Lung Association for annual ozone days since 2012
  • Our air quality ranks among the worst in Kentucky
  • Our tree canopy loses about 54,000 trees per year

But we view this as an opportunity. Your participation in this study could provide new information on the links between nature and health. This information could identify new ways to help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and obesity without the use of medications. The HEAL Study is also an opportunity to improve your neighborhood and potentially develop a scientifically backed “greenprint” for creating healthy cities. We hope you’ll decide to join us.