Weekly Update

Mayor's Fitness Council of San Antonio

Message from Full Council Chair, Mandy Tyler

Greetings Mayor's Fitness Council Members -

I hope this newsletter finds each of you healthy and doing well. Thank you to the many committee members who participated in our virtual meetings over the last several weeks. I greatly appreciate the willingness of each of you to work with us to learn new ways to meet virtually and collaborate through technology. Please bear with us as we continue to learn the best use of platforms for meeting virtually together.

We are excited to share that the FitCitySA website now contains a COVID-19 Resource Page. Please make sure to visit the website and share this resources with your colleagues and friends, as well as on your social media platforms. We welcome ideas for additional resources to include on the webpage. Also, make sure to follow the San Antonio Mayor's Fitness Council on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

In the upcoming weeks we will continue to monitor and follow the guidance of San Antonio Metro Health in regards to Mayor's Fitness Council meetings and events. Please check your e-mails for Zoom Meeting calendar invites to normally scheduled subcommittee meetings. As we navigate these uncharted waters, I encourage you to find ways to stay active, to remember the importance of eating healthy, and to stay connected - through technology so we can practice good social distancing!

Take Care,


MFC Committee Meetings This Week:

Community Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 14th, 3-5pm


Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 9th, 2-4pm


MFC Committee Meetings Next Week:

SABGH - San Antonio Business Group on Health Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, April 23rd, 3-4:30pm


**MFC Executive Committee Meeting date still being determined for next week based on committee poll. Stay tuned!

Council Updates

Student Ambassador Application is LIVE!

The Mayor's Fitness Council 2020-2021 Student Ambassador Application is now live on our FitCitySA website - https://www.fitcitysa.com/at-school/student-ambassador-program/ - please share with any families that have students interested in serving as youth advocates for a healthier, more active, better connected San Antonio!

No Trip to the Gym - Work Out at Home!

Uptick in biking, running during stay-at-home order

San Antonio River Authority in partnership with Mobile Om Offers Yoga LIVE from CoCobijos on the San Antonio River (Click on Photo Below to Play Video)

Mobile Om on Facebook Watch

Exercise and Outdoor Time Can Help During Quarantine

Let's Talk Mental Health - Neurology 101: Why Do I Feel This Way? Free to All - Tune in on April 30th from our Community Partner ESC Region 20

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Shout Out to All Bexar County School Districts Serving Their Students & Communities!

Today is National Gardening Day!

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On National Gardening Day we show David Nungaray who spent the weekend with his incredible collection of plants. David puts a lot of work into watering and fixing the plants in new pots. You can tell David has a passion for plants and nature - just check out his awesome t-shirt!

Free Gardening Webinar Series from our Community Partner Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

In honor of national gardening day, we are sharing the weekly webinar for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Cooperative Extension Program in Bexar County.

Horticulturist David Rodriguez and Entomologist Molly Keck are joining forces to provide a weekly plants and bugs webinar series. Join us to learn about your landscape and the insects that could wreak havoc on it!

Every Tuesday and Wednesday in April @ 1-2pm Central Time. To join, click on the link below at the date and time of the presentation:

For more information you can visit the web site at https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/ or call 210-631-0400.

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Order Online and Take To Go: Pearl Farmers' Market and CHEF Recipes

Go Outside, It's Important!

Covid-19 Community Action United Message Campaign

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The Mayor's Fitness Council of San Antonio has been asked to help share Covid-19 information and resources coming from the city in regards to general Covid-19 community wide good hygiene practices, social distancing and City and County announcements.

Our Communications Committee is currently working on updating the FitCitySA website over the next few weeks in order to share out important Covid-19 community public service announcements and messaging. We all can do our part within our own organizations to help spread the same Covid-19 messages. Please see the many info-graphics that you are welcome to share on your websites and social media pages.

Another great opportunity for the Mayor's Fitness Council is the Covid-19 Community Action that has been formed by Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff. Moving forward we will be continuing our advocacy to help ensure that mental health, physical fitness and good nutrition is represented well within the Covid-19 Community Action Plan under the Social Services work group.

Stay tuned for more information. #inthistogether

City Council Special Session LIVE Stream Video from Today, with Covid-19 Community Action Work Group Updates (Click the Photo Below to Play LIVE Stream Video)

Special City Council Meeting: April 14, 2020

Message from Mayor Nirenberg - We're All in This Together

#StayStrongSA: We’re All in This Together

Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff Covid-19 Daily Briefing

COIVD-19 Update San Antonio and Bexar County 04/13/20


The CDC is recommending the use of cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain — like grocery stores and pharmacies.

The CDC also recommends these coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Cloth coverings are advised so that medical grade masks can be reserved for our front line emergency personnel and healthcare workers.

We are issuing an advisory that recommends anybody over the age of 5 wear a cloth mask in public if they are traveling to a place that cannot properly employ social distancing.


You no longer need a doctor’s recommendation to get tested for COVID-19 at the Freeman Coliseum drive-through facility. You will still need to call to make an appointment. Based on the influx of calls, those who present with symptoms commonly found in COVID-19 — fever, dry cough, shortness of breath — will be prioritized.

Call 210-233-5970 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to complete the registration process for a test.

Our self-screening tool can help inform your decision on whether or not to seek testing, but please note it is only for information purposes and does not provide a medical diagnosis.

Access the tool here: https://covid19test.quacito.com/
If a test is recommended, you will be provided a phone number that you can call to schedule your test.

If you're experiencing symptoms, we are still advising that you stay at home and call your primary care provider for the next best steps. Do not go to the emergency room. Your providers are equipped with the information they need to recommend COVID-19 testing.

If you do not have a primary healthcare provider or insurance, Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHC) can assist you with the next best steps.

- CommuniCare: 210.233.7000
- CentroMed: 210.922.7000

Texas MedClinic is now equipped to provide tests.


These times are rightfully taxing on all of us. While it may be difficult to open up during uncertain moments, I want you to know there are always people willing to help.

The State of Texas has opened up a 24/7 mental health hotline: 833-986-1919

If you'd prefer to text, you can chat with someone at the Crisis Text Line by texting SHARE to 741741.

Covid-19 Resource Websites

How I Got Tested for Covid-19 - Commentary Piece by Jose Benavidez with the Rivard Report

City of San Antonio Works to Help Slow Spread of COVID-19 in Most Vulnerable Areas

Members of the Community Health and Prevention Team have been handing out fliers to essential business owners on the East Side about keeping themselves, their employees and their customers safe. Some of the practices they recommend are wearing masks, gloves and washing their hands.

Matthew McConaughey Face Mask Tutorial (Click on Photo Below to Play Video)

Matthew McConaughey on Facebook Watch
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Councilman Manny Pelaez Six Feet Apart PSA Video

6 Feet of Social Distance In Relative Terms

MFC Immediate Past Council Chair, Eric Cooper Interview with Hoda Kotb on the Today Show

San Antonio Food Bank CEO: ‘Our Inventories Are Going Fast’ | TODAY

Click on the Link Below To Sign Up to Volunteer with the San Antonio Food Bank


Because of COVID-19, there are hungry children, families, and seniors in San Antonio right now. These are our neighbors, and they need our help. Donate, Friday, April 17th to the Cox Media Group Virtual Food Drive, benefiting the San Antonio Food Bank, and you can help out these families in San Antonio.

Here’s a secret: You can donate anytime through our link. If you get in early, we’ll still appreciate anything you can do!


Mayor Asks for Donations to the San Antonio Food Bank for His Birthday

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To date the Mayor has raised $56,692.00 in donations for the San Antonio Food Bank!

Shout Out to Dr. Nayak!

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City Councilman Manny Pelaez Interview with Eric Cooper and Mario Obledo

Councilman Peláez Interviews President and CEO of San Antonio Food Bank

Nominate Your Hero of the Day!

These are the times when real heroes step up, and we want to recognize the ones around you. Truckers, first responders, health care workers, teachers, and so many more essential workers and volunteers. Cox Media Group wants you to share with them your nomination for the "Hero of the Day". They'll be shouting out a new hero every day.

Let’s celebrate all of those people who are working hard, and helping out during this time of crisis!


The Story Goes Podcast with SA2020's Molly Cox and Magaly Chocano Talking About the In This Together Movement

KLRN Public Television

The Story Goes | Magaly Chocano | In This Together by KLRN Public Television

Mental Health and the Global Pandemic Podcast from our Community Partner Salud America

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#SanAntonio: are you a medical professional and would like to volunteer to help with COVID-19 efforts? Please register at the Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry site under Bexar County and click on Alamo Area Medical Reserve Corps: https://texasdisastervolunteerregistry.org/agreement.php

Shareable Covid-19 Info-graphs

Re-cap: Mayor Nirenberg Hosted a Kids Covid-19 Town Hall

Mayor Nirenberg Covid-19 Town Hall Opportunity - Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15th

Webinar: How To Use Data to Promote Health Equity During Covid-19 Pandemic - May 7th

Workshop: Support & Empowerment for Older Adults with IDD & Their Caregivers

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The coronavirus has disrupted all of our lives here in San Antonio, and all over the world. Local businesses are being hit hard, with restrictions on how they can operate in effect. Cox Media Group would like to help them out!

And if you’re looking for food, or services being offered in a safe way during this crisis, check out the businesses that are open right now.

If your business is open and serving, let us know by filling out the form at the bottom of the page, and we’ll add you to our list. Tell us how you’re operating, (ie, drive-thru, curbside, delivery, etc.)! (CLICK TO JUMP TO ENTRY FORM)

Domestic Violence Increases in Times of Stress - SAPD Can Help

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SAPD: Victim Services Are Still Active

Looking to Lend a Helping Hand?

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Interested in helping individuals experiencing homelessness during COVID-19? Items for hygiene kits can be donated at your nearest San Antonio Police Department SAFFE substation. View locations here: https://www.sanantonio.gov/SAPD/SAFFE

Looking for New Reading Material?

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San Antonio Public Library locations are closed, but their digital resources are available 24/7!

Free online tutoring - Tutors are online, ready to provide elementary, middle and high school level help with math, science, English and social studies.

Live homework help is available for college level as well. Spanish-speaking tutors are available. Visit mysapl.org/homeworkhelp.

Browsing our digital magazines - Our collection of digital magazines is plentiful and a good way to keep yourself occupied. Choose from 75 popular titles and catch up on the latest celebrity gossip, fashion, science, news, recipes—whatever you like! Visit sanantonio.overdrive.com.

Downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks - Thousands of titles are just waiting for you to download them. Read or listen on your computer, phone or other mobile device—they’re perfect for all ages. Browse them all at mysapl.org/digital.

Access to Universal Class - Learn from professional instructors who provide grading and feedback to track your learning process. With over 500 online courses covering 30 subject areas,ranging from career training, GED preparation, personal finance, and more. Sign up for a class today!

No library card? No problem! - It takes a few seconds to sign up using your mobile number and start borrowing free digital titles. To gain access to over 84,000 items in our digital collection visit this link.

Visit our Digital Library at mysapl.org/digital to access these and more resources from the comfort of your home.

For information regarding COVID-19 (in both English and Spanish), visit https://guides.mysapl.org/covid-19

Need Some Cheering Up? Check out Jimmy Fallon, Sting and the Roots singing Don't Stand So Close To Me

Jimmy Fallon, Sting & The Roots Remix "Don't Stand So Close to Me" (At-Home Instruments)

Need Some More Cheering Up? Check out the Covid-19 Hotline Team Participating in Goat Therapy Before Their Shift!

Mayor's Fitness Council 2019 Annual Report

Support the Mayor's Fitness Council Social Media

Mayor's Fitness Council Members Only Facebook Group: Here is the link to join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mfcsa/

In an effort to bring all Mayor's Fitness Council Committees together and stay updated with what is happening across the Council, the MFC Communications Committee launched a Facebook group for MFC internal updates and happenings to keep all members and key community partners abreast of the latest news and information from the Mayor's Fitness Council.

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