Health Gap Community:
Here is our Friday update, including details about the Health Gap’s Move Right Challenge to stay active during the crisis, as well as new guidance from AARP and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. As always, please let us know if you have questions or suggestions as we all work to get through this together.
Renee Mahaffey Harris, Health Gap President & CEO
Move Right! Proper Physical Activity Guidelines from the Health Gap
While everyone is staying home, it’s more important than ever to keep your body moving. Physical activity will keep you fit, help you combat stress and keep your immune system working. Walking, dancing, cleaning, and stair stepping are a few simple activities you can do from home. Remember these guidelines:
- Children & Adolescents under 17 need at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day
- Adults need between 2-5 hours of physical activity per week
- Pregnant & Post Partum women are recommended to do at least 2.5 hours of physical activity per week
To help you stay motivated, the Health Gap has a new Move Right Challenge! It’s sponsored by our Do Right! Campaign, which empowers the community to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. There are three main focus areas: Eat Right, Move Right, and Live Right. Each challenge will focus on one of those key components. You’ll receive a new challenge on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through April 10. We encourage you to share your challenge activities on your social media pages. Take a picture of what you are doing, post on your social media platform of choice and include the hashtag #dorightathome.
Guidance from AARP
Older adults and people with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung ailments, are more likely than younger, healthier people to experience serious symptoms from the illness caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you or someone you love is in that group, check out AARP’s updated resources
to make sure you’re doing everything you can to stay healthy.
Latest Research from the HPIO
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio is collecting the latest research so that Ohio policymakers and other stakeholders can make informed decisions on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. HPIO has also created a Coronavirus (COVID-19) resource page
to serve as a “one-stop-shop” for links to the Ohio Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other sources of frequently updated, reputable information.
New Community Resource Website Continues to Grow
Last week, the Health Gap and our regional partners launched a new resource website on COVID-19 this week. Click here
to visit the site and stay up-to-date on local news, updates and resources.