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!
MFC Committee Meetings This Week:
MFC Committee Meetings Next Week:
SABGH - San Antonio Business Group on Health Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, April 23rd, 3-4:30pm
Student Ambassador Application is LIVE!
No Trip to the Gym - Work Out at Home!
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)
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
Shout Out to All Bexar County School Districts Serving Their Students & Communities!
Today is National Gardening Day!
Free Gardening Webinar Series from our Community Partner Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
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.
Order Online and Take To Go: Pearl Farmers' Market and CHEF Recipes
Go Outside, It's Important!
Linda Farr's Purple Iris
MFC member, Linda Farr reminds us to take breaks and go outside for some fresh air, sunshine and take in the beauty around us.
Mary Ullmann Japhet's Visitors
MFC member, Mary Ullmann Japhet shows off the fine feathered neighbors that dropped by to say hi today. We enjoyed a quick game of Duck Duck Goose.
Elsa Guerra Williams Photo Walk
MFC member, Elsa Guerra Williams shows off a lovely flower that she captured with her camera while out on a family walk.
Linda Farr's Purple Iris
Mary Ullmann Japhet's Visitors
Covid-19 Community Action United Message Campaign
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)
Message from Mayor Nirenberg - We're All in This Together
Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff Covid-19 Daily Briefing
CLOTH FACE COVERINGS:
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.
NEW TESTING PROCEDURES AT FREEMAN:
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
Matthew McConaughey Face Mask Tutorial (Click on Photo Below to Play Video)
Councilman Manny Pelaez Six Feet Apart PSA Video
MFC Immediate Past Council Chair, Eric Cooper Interview with Hoda Kotb on the Today Show
Click on the Link Below To Sign Up to Volunteer with the San Antonio Food Bank
VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE
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
Shout Out to Dr. Nayak!
City Councilman Manny Pelaez Interview with Eric Cooper and Mario Obledo
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
#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!
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Domestic Violence Increases in Times of Stress - SAPD Can Help
SAPD: Victim Services Are Still Active
Looking to Lend a Helping Hand?
Looking for New Reading Material?
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
San Antonio Walks
Community Committee Chair, Bert Pickell manages the San Antonio Walks Facebook page. Be sure to check out the page often for information about the latest walking in San Antonio updates. Visit the page here: https://www.facebook.com/sanantoniowalks/
Looking for Healthy Take Out from Restaurants in San Antonio - Check out Por Vida - https://www.porvidasa.com/Home/fbclid/IwAR0iSk74QEhMVkxiGdfMMfz5B8BA5X1hbejuC2VYFs4zXEM-GABtphEybMQ
The Great American Take Out!
The Great American Take Out is back again! Order takeout TODAY from your favorite restaurant, and you could win free takeout for an entire year! Read the details here: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/349864/order-takeout-this-tuesday-and-you-could-win-takeo.html
San Antonio Walks
The Great American Take Out!
Need Some Cheering Up? Check out Jimmy Fallon, Sting and the Roots singing Don't Stand So Close To Me
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
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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.