Our Individual Wellness Resources Include Exercise, Recreation and Financial Wellness
Exercise provides a much-needed outlet to release stress and anxiety while strengthening your immune system. Regular exercise can help symptoms of depression. These benefits are critical during the COVID-19 health crisis. Research also shows physical activity improves cognitive skills, including concentration and memory.
Get your heart pumping, produce feel-good hormones, and boost your brain power and immune function! Check this out:
Pottstown School District
With only15 minutes of daily exercise, students can improve their test scores and overall thinking skills. The school district site provides ideas to help kids become more active, and includes an activity pyramid and healthful eating tips.
Wide Open School
This website offers exciting online workouts for kids of all ages and their families. Sessions include fun themes like Disney workouts, African dance, superhero workouts, Nike training, and minute movements for a quick sweat session.
Grades pre-k to 5: https://wideopenschool.org/programs/family/prek-5/get-moving/
Grades 6 to adult: https://wideopenschool.org/programs/family/6-12/get-moving/
Combine workouts with time outside for a double dose of health! Fitness can happen anywhere. A quarantine does not forbid us from movement in the great outdoors. Maintain the required safe social distance of at least six feet and be respectful of local rules like mask-wearing. Then, get moving!
Some locations where you can enjoy fresh air and activity:
Schuylkill River Greenways
Bike, hike, rollerblade, and enjoy nature’s beauty along the Schuylkill River Trail. Check the trail status and review their COVID-19 guidelines. All sections of the trail remain open; however, park amenities like picnic areas may be closed.
Pottstown Parks & Recreation Department
Here, you can find the latest COVID-19 information on your local parks and playgrounds, including closures, restrictions, and event postponements.
This tool-share program is open to community residents who wish to volunteer time to beautify our neighborhood surroundings. Donated yard tools can be borrowed on the honor system from the Share Shed. Gardening provides light exercise while brightening the world. Consider lifting your spirits and those around you!
Economic disruption is felt on a large scale during a pandemic. Low-income families are at increased risk of complete financial destabilization. Programs have been developed, or modified, to support low-income households during these challenging times. They make it possible to meet your basic needs and work toward a stronger financial future. Help is available, without any need for shame. As a community, we can overcome this crisis:
Emergency Assistance Program
Apply here for emergency benefits designated to help low-income families experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are accepted until funds are depleted.
The COMPASS site also allows you to apply for other human services programs, including home energy assistance (LIHEAP) and nutrition assistance (SNAP). Visit the site’s home page to determine, and apply for, other programs appropriate for your needs.
Their COVID-19 ancillary cost program provides help paying healthcare expenses directly related to coronavirus diagnosis or risk vulnerability. This includes help with televisit copays, medication, and food delivery.
COVID-19-related Unemployment Assistance
Here, you can obtain timely information on unemployment, including how to apply for pandemic-related benefit extensions (for those who previously exhausted their benefit allowances) and benefits for newly covered cases (e.g., self-employed individuals, contractual workers, and gig workers).
This also explains qualification for the $600/weekly additional stimulus through Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).