In light of the escalated public health risk, Kids Run Wild is canceling/postponing all official activities until further notice.
The good news is that it is still safe to enjoy the outdoors with social distancing. Find ways to relieve stress while supporting your best health. Here are some tips to help you take care of yourself and others, too:
- Be an introvert. Avoid group gatherings of any size.
- Utilize the outdoors. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, either alone or with someone from your household.
- Do your laundry. Now is a good time to throw that gym bag of stinky gear into the machine. Wear clean clothes on every outing. Don’t wear unwashed clothes twice.
- Be distantly friendly! Practise social distancing, which involves limiting the number of people you come into contact with. Greet others with a wave and a hi. If you are close enough to touch – you are too close!
- Get social, with distance! Reach out to your friends and family through technology. Now is a great time to try out video chats. Try utilizing some of the free platforms: zoom, Facebook & skype all over free video calls.
- Workout at home. Our best advise for home workouts is to Google ‘TV show workouts’. Someone has created a home workout for almost any show that you can think of – give it a try! Can’t find one for your favourite show? Create your own!
- Learn a new skill. A lot of us have extra time on our hands, try using some of this time to learn a new skill. Pick up sewing, crocheting, cook a new meal or plant a small indoor garden.
- Chill. Practice relaxation activities in your home, such as yoga or meditation, even reading a book or listening to a podcast. Restful activities are good for your mental and physical health.
For other preventative measures besides social distancing, see below for Canada’s public health reminders:
- Stay home if you are feeling unwell. You can do a self-examination at alberta.ca.
- Self isolate if you have recently returned from travel. No exceptions.
- Wash your hands. Touch is the most common cause of transmission.
- Cough, blow your nose, or sneeze away from others. Water droplets can transmit the virus up to six feet (2 metres) away.
- Don’t travel if you don’t have to. We know that the virus has spread worldwide because of one thing: travel. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Let’s do our part to flatten the pandemic curve. And don’t forget to thank a front line essential worker. They are on the front lines of this global crisis, putting their own health at risk every day for the greater good.
How to flatten the curve: https://www.macleans.ca/society/health/this-coronavirus-chart-shows-canada-is-not-flattening-the-curve-at-least-not-yet/?fbclid=IwAR0skMzMlMIipng4r5NEg9SGdfJsJpb1QZMH7vaG9gU84qiSrP-10kXvRC8
Emergency Preparedness public health response diagram: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/emergency-preparedness/public-health-response-plan-biological-events.html
Health Canada’s advice on COVID-19: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
Alberta Health Services self-assessment tool for coronavirus: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
World Health Organization situational tool for COVID-19: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd
Coronavirus predictive charts, March 10, 2020: https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca
THANK YOU: Sheryl Savard, founder of Edmonton Trail Runners for allowing us to utilize this information. (www.edmontontrailrunners.com)