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Springtime is Finally Here and that Means Allergies!
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Springtime is finally here, and along with the longer days and warmer temperatures comes pollen and seasonal allergies. Trees provide one of the earliest and most productive sources of pollen, with peak pollen typically arriving between March and May. Those allergic reactions that drive us to sniffle and sneeze are caused by proteins and glycoproteins from pollen grains which interact with affected people’s immune system.
Trees Start Small and Live Big for your Heart
Monday, February 14, 2022
February is American Heart Month. It’s time to get back to a big, healthy life with simple steps to improve your heart health. Spending time near trees where you live, work and play can improve your overall well-being. A growing pool of research shows that trees reduce pollution, lower blood pressure and heart rate, lower stress and increase physical activity.
Trees help achieve resolutions to get in shape and be healthy
Monday, February 7, 2022
The sedentary lifestyle has become more common, and the shift has been costly. One result is an increase in obesity. Childhood obesity rates have tripled (12–19 years old) or quadrupled (6–11 years old,) and adult rates have doubled since the 1970s. Obesity increases risk of chronic diseases and conditions such as: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, cancer and mental illness. This rise in chronic diseases related to obesity results in billions of dollars in medical costs and lost productivity each year.
National Diabetes Awareness Month
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 30.3 million Americans (or 9.4 percent of the population) had Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in 2015. Both types affect how the body uses or produces insulin.
Trees Have Got Your Attention!
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
October is National ADHD Awareness month. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) a real, brain-based medical disorder. It is a non-discriminatory disorder affecting people of every age, gender, IQ, religious and socio-economic background. While we often think of ADHD as a “kid’s” disorder, the Harvard/NIMH National Comorbidity Survey Replication found that 4.4% percent of adults, ages 18-44 in the United States, experience symptoms and some form of disability of ADHD1.
Baby it’s hot outside!
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
August. It’s one of the hottest months of the year and getting hotter. In NJ, continued warming is projected with the state’s average annual temperature expected to rise another 4.1 to 5.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050 (2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change). Heat, especially in our urban communities, is difficult on everyone but especially so for pregnant women and their unborn babies. When a woman is pregnant, her body is already working hard to keep her and the developing baby healthy, so adding the extra work of keeping cool can cause major body stress. In communities of color, high temperatures are one of several factors that drive higher rates of premature deliveries, stillbirths and other dangerous pregnancy outcomes.1
Downtown Trees for Comfort and Health
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Every Kid Healthy Week
In Vermont, people know that winters are long, summers are glorious, and there are an awful lot of trees. But while the Green Mountains boast healthy forest cover that reflects their name, sustaining trees in Vermont’s urban and built environments is a challenge. Lack of adequate healthy soil, too little water, stresses from road salt, construction, or tree pests, and even normal aging and decline of downtown street trees require local urban foresters to stay on the lookout for appropriate places to plant new trees.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
April 26-30 is Every Kid Healthy Week. This national celebration promotes the importance of well-rounded health in children – not just physical, but also social and emotional health. One easy way to maintain each of these types of health is to spend time outside among trees. Spending time among trees is scientifically proven to reduce stress and boost the immune system. And when kids appreciate the benefits trees provide not just us, but also our planet, it can start them on the path of lifelong love for the natural world.
Trees Go Dormant in the Winter but Your Healthy Lifestyle Shouldn't
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
As the temperature drops and sunlight decreases, deciduous trees shed their leaves and turn their focus to internal storage and conserving resources. Oftentimes our own behavior mirrors that of a dormant tree; it is easy to shed our active, outdoor lifestyle in favor of lounging under blankets and remaining sedentary most of the day. This typically results in added “resources” (aka those pesky extra winter pounds) due to lack of activity and extra stress associated with the holidays and year-end deadlines. Unlike those powered-down trees, it is important for us to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle throughout the colder months to keep ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally powered-up.
A season’s greetings
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Here in the northeast, brilliant fall colors decorate September and October days, lending yellows, reds, oranges, and purples to the palette of lived landscapes throughout the region. But after the hayrides end and the last of the apples are collected for cider, locals watch a new phenomenon emerge against the backdrop of November and December. It’s stick season. For some, it’s a time to button up the house and retreat inside. For others, it’s hunting season, spent outdoors for hours on end. For tree lovers, it’s a moment to relearn your forests. Against the clear backdrop of a bright blue sky or an animated cloudscape of a wintery day, we see the architecture of trees shine through our backyards, parks, streetscapes, and forested roads. Looking up, we follow robust trunks as they thin to stout limbs and trace them to the taper of branches and twigs that collect ice and snow. We see bird nests and squirrel dreys revealed in the crook of branches; we find new woodpecker holes or the remnants of a wasp nest. We see the scars of a summer storm that took down a branch; we note where a tree grew another whorl.