Focusing on Health, Wellness, and Self-care During COVID-19 and School Closures

Posted on April 2, 2020
Categories: Family News & Resources

Contributed by Eat Right Philly Nutrition and Wellness Program.

COVID-19 has caused our everyday normal routines to be completely different. During these stressful times, we can turn to positive coping skills and focus on our health by eating well and being active. We have a unique opportunity to reevaluate and prioritize habits and goals in our lives and choose to be healthy! Instead of spending more time watching TV, playing video games, and scrolling through social media on our phones, we can spend time cooking together and being active as a family. Below are some tips for creating meals with your children, reducing screen time, and keeping them active while stuck inside.

Small Bites for Parents and Students – Family Meal Recipes & Activities

Cooking together helps to foster an interest in foods, particularly trying new foods. This is one way to get your picky eater to try something new! Make your activities fun and exciting, but also low pressure to make them want to come back for more! Check out some resources here:

Food Resources During this Difficult Time

Many Philadelphians are in need of free food due to school closures, loss of income, or other challenges caused by COVID-19. In response to this need, the City of Philadelphia and partners have developed two ways for residents to find free food:

  • Food Box Distribution Sites:
    • Food sites where any resident can pick up free food for their household.
    • Sites are open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Residents can pick up one box per household. Supplies will last up to five days.
    • Residents do not need to present an ID or proof of income for eligibility.
    • Food sites are supported by the City, Share Food Program, and Philabundance.
  • Student meal sites:
    • 49 School District schools are open from 9 a.m – noon on Mondays and Thursdays.
    • Each child will receive six meals per student–3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.
    • Six Philadelphia Housing Authority community centers are open from 9 a.m. – noon every weekday. Each child will receive breakfast and lunch.
    • Several charter schools are also distributing meals. Times and days vary.
    • Any child is eligible at any site. No ID is required.

Find an interactive map here to find the closest location for food boxes and student meals here.

Being Active Together

Being active helps lower anxiety and manage emotions, which is exactly what you and your family may need during this stressful time. Being active together also helps foster healthy habits at a young age and can improve learning by keeping your children focused. Check out some of the fun ways your family can stay active below.

Looking for more healthy eating and activity tips during this stressful time? Follow Eat Right Philly on Twitter and Instagram and check back on Eat Right Philly’s Website for healthy recipes and activities you can do at home!