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Did You Get Outside Today? A Berks Nature Rx Program for our Community
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Time Currently Spent Outside
Spending time outside leads to more activity, and improved
physical and mental health.
Spending time outside can function as a natural medicine for
both children and adults. It can help improve your physical, mental,
and emotional wellbeing. Spending more time outdoors is also
linked to living longer. As humans become less connected with
nature, we lose an essential health buffer.
Unfortunately, in the United States people are spending less and
less time outdoors. At Berks Nature, we are concerned about this
trend as we think about our future leaders in our community. Will
they have the same love and respect for nature that we all share?
Will the protection of the environment be a priority?
Let's take a look at some current numbers that are concerning
for the health and wellbeing of our children:
- Less than one-quarter (24%) of children 6 to 17 years of age
participate in 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
- In the United States, the average child spends 1% of their time
participating in unstructured outdoor play. 1%
- In August 2019, Berks Nature surveyed 453 youth from
the City of Reading between the ages of 5 - 17 to gain an
understanding of the amount of time they are spending outside
on a daily basis. 25% of them spend less than one hour outside
daily, and 13% reported that they spend ZERO time outside.

Above and all images on opposite page by Barton Smith

All images above by Anne Cadau

Fresh air and natural beauty are just good for the soul!
-Anne Cadau

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The benefits of getting out of the house (although you can get some
big surprises if you look out the window, too, like the bluebirds I
saw on my patio last winter here in Wyomissing Hills just 2 blocks
from Walmart) are: fresh air and exercise, learning something new
about the flora and fauna of Berks County, being with friends, and
enjoying this "wonderful world" (as Charles Darwin called it.)
-Barton Smith


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