Healthy Eating Challenge - April 7 to May 5, 2020
Join Get Fit Itasca for 4 weeks to increase your daily consumption of fruits (goal: 1 1/2 - 2 cups) and vegetables (goal: 2 - 3 cups) every day! Follow us on social media (Facebook & Instagram) and use #GetFitItasca to share recipes, meals, and how you choose to eat healthily. Plus new mini challenges every week!
Download a tracking sheet above, or fill out a form online.
April 7, 2020 is World Health Day (https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/04/07/default-calendar/world-health-day)
Mini Challenge 1 (4/14 - 4/20): Eat a fruit or vegetable that matches the color of the day! Bonus points for wearing the same color. Win coloring books with your photos.
Mini Challenge 2 (4/21-4/27): Stay hydrated! Aim to drink at least 64 oz of water every day
Mini Challenge 3 (4/28-5/5): Try a new recipe and share it with us
150 is Nifty Physical Activity Challenge - May 6 - June 3, 2020
Join Get Fit Itasca for another 4 weeks to reach the recommended amount of physical activity of 150 minutes per week! That's about 20 minutes a day. Keep track on the 2nd half of the form above and follow us on social media to see fun weekly challenges for getting out and physically active. At the end, mail your half or full challenge sheet to the YMCA or send via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a chance to win prizes.
Check out Visit Grand Rapids Calendar for events in the area that can help you reach your goals!
Staying Active and eating Healthy During COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
These are unprecedented times. We hope you are taking care of yourself. Although we must remain physically apart, it doesn't mean we can't remain physically active.
We also can continue to eat healthy for our immune systems, and not get socially isolated. Check out the resources below and stay up to date on MDH's website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
Dust off your home gym equipment or grab a yoga mat and follow along online with the YMCA. Get outside and find a new trail to explore. You can still get the recommended amount of 150 minutes a week and practice safe social distancing!
Cook something new and don't just stock up on shelf stable foods. Remember your fresh fruits and vegetables.
Check out UMN Extension's 14 day meal kit: includes two week plan, shopping list, and recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
Although you can't dine in, many local eateries are still open for pick up or delivery via online or over the phone ordering. Check out Visit GR's page for specifics.
Food Shelves are still open and just have different protocols on how to pick up your food. 218-326-4420
Community Cafe has take out meals available in Grand Rapids and Deer River: 218-326-5114
Download the Free Meals for kids app on your phone. Created by Hunger Impact: contact them for any updates needed.
Check out this map from Hunger Solutions for places serving free kids meals while schools are closed.
Each district has a page on their updates:
Feeling isolated or panicked?
Thrive Range offers free therapy and resources for mental health and substance problems.
Virus Anxiety has a toolbox that can help if you have anxiety or are feeling unusually anxious during the outbreak.
National Alliance on Mental Health has online support groups starting March 23 via phone or computer
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips for managing anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 outbreak, including specific actions for first responders and parents.
The American Psychological Association has a page dedicated to distancing yourself from others while still getting the social support you need.