The trees, shrubs and plants outside your home might offer something more than just pretty scenery. A new study found that living in, or near, green areas can help you live longer and improve your mental health.

Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined more than 108,000 women enrolled in the Nurse’s Health Study — a nationwide investigation into risk factors for major chronic diseases in women — from 2000 to 2008.

They compared risk of death with the amount of plant life and vegetation near the women’s homes and found that women living in the greenest areas had a 12% lower death rate than women living in the least green areas. The study suggests that several factors might play a role in reducing the death rate, including improved mental health, which was measured through levels of depression and estimated to explain 30% of the benefit from living in greener areas. Increased opportunities for social engagement, increased physical activity and lower exposure to air pollution may also play important roles, according to the study. Click here for the full story.

Everyone knows that Weeki Wachee is no stranger to natural wonders, and at GlenLakes, you get to enjoy all the beauty Weeki Wachee has to offer right in your own backyard. Our area’s 11,206-acre preserve is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring this nature lover’s paradise. The preserve is of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s many protected lands and one of Hernando County’s prime recreation spots. It lies just south of the Weeki Wachee River.

The Weeki Wachee preserve is open daily from sunrise to sunset, so you can use the natural habitat however you desire. The preserve is a go-to spot for GlenLakes residents and a great place for locals to stay fit, or simply relax among the scenic views. At GlenLakes we encourage a love for natural living and with nature all around in Weeki Wachee, you’ll discover the natural curiosity within you.

Choosing your Florida dream home is easier than ever.  Ranging from 1,620 to more than 3,000 square feet of air conditioned space, every home is filled with features that wow: volume and tray ceilings, ceramic tile, spectacular island kitchens with granite and designer finishes throughout the home.  Starting from the low $200s, GlenLakes homes offer beautiful views of the golf course, lake and much more. To learn more about the GlenLakes lifestyle and everything it has to offer, visit www.glenlakes.com.