Health and wellness
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FROM THE CDC
COVID-19 IN INDIANA
This webpage provides the latest count of COVID-19 cases in Indiana as well as the most recent updates from state and city leaders.
TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT COVID-19
What does the CDC have to say about talking with children aboutCOVID-19? Learn more in this article that has a section on teaching children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.
This NPR article isn’t only about healthy habits, but answers a lot of questions parents have right now about COVID-19 with great insight, healthy habits being a big part of it.
FUN WAYS TO GET KIDS TO WASH THEIR HANDS
Hand washing is the best way to stop the spread of germs during this time. But making sure your kids know that hand washing isn’t optional is not always easy. Use these ideas to make those (at least 20 seconds long) hand washing moments are fun. Hand washing should take place after using the bathroom, when returning from outside, before and after eating, and after coughing, sneezing or nose-blowing. If you have more ideas for us, submit them here.
This viral videos shows a cool science experiment that teaches kids why it’s important to wash hands.
Sing a song
Sing songs with your kids while they wash their hands. Be sure the song is long enough to allow for 20 seconds of scrubbing.
Use a stamp
Kids love stamps. Each morning, stamp your child’s hand and make it a goal for them to scrub until the stamp is gone. If you don’t have a stamp, try drawing something they love with a washable marker.
Use fun soap
Use soaps with your kid’s favorite characters or heros on them. You could even consider soaps that change color when they have scrubbed long enough such as this soap by Itzazu®.
This website contains information and resources compiled by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction designed to help Hoosiers stay connected and maintain their well-being.
IPS has suggested mental health resources for families coping with COVID-19. This list includes resources for how parents should talk to their children about the pandemic.
Get help over the phone
Indianapolis Area Crisis and Suicide Intervention Hotline
Call 317-251-7575 or Text CSIS to 839863
If you or a loved one is in need, the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255. According to their website, this number provides free and confidential support for people in distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Read this article to learn how working out boosts brain health.
Exercise is a known stress reliver. Read this Mayo Clinic article to learn how moving your body can help you manage stress.
We know these are stressful and uncertain times and we will continue to share with you any additional resources we believe may be of help to you and your family as we navigate this situation together.