Plant Five for Life Founder, Christine Graziano, has been dedicated to the health of our environment since a young age, and surrounded by family members in health and wellness careers.
In recent years, she has noted the growing concerns of friends in the pediatric field; observations that basic care-giving skills and nurture amongst parents, particularly for children in the most vulnerable years of 0-5, appear on the decline.
Allegheny County is also recording increases in childhood illnesses, including obesity, mental health, and asthma; areas which research shows can have root and remedy in connection with our outdoor environment. Yet tree canopy cover is also on the decline.
Knowing firsthand how the planting and care of a tree and tending to its needs as it grows has many parallels with the care and needs of a young child; and how the simple act of tree-planting can create a cascade of positive effects for the health and economy of a community, the Plant Five for Life project idea was born to bridge the gap.
The challenging, but rewarding steps of moving vision to action are now underway with the generous support and collaboration of many community members and organizations.