Cathleen M Wink, Chairman

1733 First Street
New Brighton PA 15066      


In keeping with the President’s focus on children, we will explore how the environment affects our children’s health.
The Nature Generation is our General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ conservation partner.  This non-profit organization educates and motivates children to understand their environment and protect it for future generations.  The Nature Generation teaches us how a child’s environment can affect their health. 
Current State of Children’s Health – Our children may be the first generation at risk of having a shorter lifespan than their parents.  Physical inactivity has contributed to the numerous health problems plaguing today’s children.  Chronic conditions such as childhood obesity, asthma, attention-deficit disorder, and vitamin D deficiency have all increased over the past few decades.  Outdoor activity in the natural environment has taken a back seat to televisions, video games, the computer, and a demanding schoolwork and extracurricular schedule.  Today’s youth are missing key opportunities for physical activity, stress reduction, attention restoration and healthy development by not having contact with the natural environment.
Nature and Health – Unstructured outdoor play time is important for children’s overall well-being.  How does nature play a role in children’s health?  Here are some bullet points:
  • A Buffer of Life Stress Among Rural Children
  • Coping with ADD: the Surprise Connection to Green Play Settings
  • A Potential Natural Treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Evidence from a National Study.
  • Morbidity is Related to a Green Living Environment
  • Outdoor Activity Reduces the Prevalence of Myopia in Children
  • Children Living in Areas with More Street Trees have Lower Prevalence of Asthma
  • The Mental and Physical Health Outcomes of “Green Exercise”
  • View Through a Window may Influence Recovery from Surgery
  • Neighborhood Greenness and 2-year changes in Body Mass Index of Children and Youth
  • Public Parks and Physical Activity Amount Adolescent Girls
The Nature Generation has statistics you can copy from their website at to share with your club members. Here I will address one of them: Vitamin D Deficiency. 70% or 58.4 million of U.S. children and adolescents have insufficient levels of vitamin D, which can cause rickets and eventually lead to osteoporosis.  Additionally, low levels of vitamin D may be associated with increased markers of asthma severity.  28% of children with asthma aged 6 to 14 have insufficient levels of vitamin D.  The body must receive at least 10-15 minutes of sunlight exposure twice a week to produce the necessary amount of vitamin D.
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