Parenting

Wellness Tips for COVID-19
Below are resources from our community and state partners to help you and your family stay healthy, active, fed and mentally resilient during these times of social distancing.

General health tipsFood access challenges
Schools are closed. Adults are furloughed or working from home. Seniors are restricted from community meal gatherings. These changes give us a better sense of what it is like for our fellow community members who regularly have a hard time accessing food. If you or someone you know is having trouble accessing food, see the links below:  
  • Explore this map from Hunger Solutions to find meals for kids in your area.
  • Type your ZIP code into this statewide resource to find emergency food shelves.
  • Read Hunger Solutions’ blog for practical ways to help others access food in this time of crisis.
  • Make these kid-friendly, healthy recipes from Action for Healthy Kids together as a family.
Keeping kids engaged 
  • Check your child's teacher and school websites for their preferred sites and activities.
  • Take advantage of all the online education companies now offering free subscriptions due to school closings.
Staying activeStaying connected while staying home
Social distancing should not equal social isolation. We need human connection to thrive, and in times like these, we can refocus some effort on emotionally connecting, in safe ways, with our families, friends and those in need. Try connecting with people through:
  • Phone calls
  • FaceTime, Skype or another video chat service
  • Letters
  • Board games
  • The Senior LinkAge Line links older adults and their families to a wide variety of resources. Call 800-333-2433.
And if you find yourself needing a laugh, check out these song parodies about social distancing and hand washing.
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Employers Need to Do More to Help Breastfeeding Moms: Survey

TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2020 -- Protections may be in place for employees who breastfeed, but the onus is on working moms to seek out the resources they need, according to a University of Georgia survey.

"We know that there are benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and the infant, and we know that returning to work is a significant challenge for breastfeeding continuation," said lead author Rachel McCardel, a doctoral student in UGA's College of Public Health.

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