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COVID19 and CHD resources


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Be sure to check your local library’s website, they usually have free resources and programs!

Bored at home? Here's a massive list of museums, zoos and theme parks offering virtual tours: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tour...

10 of the world’s best virtual museum and art gallery tours: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art- gallery-tours

New item added Road Trip from Home: Virtual Field Trips:  https://www.titlemax.com/articles/road-trip-from-home-virtual-field-trips/   (thanks to Austin and Lane for finding and sharing this resource!)

“How to cope with social distancing during COVID-19” by KidsHelpPhone https://kidshelpphone.ca/get-info/how-to-cope-with-social-distancing-during-covid-19

Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/

“Things to Do With Teens During COVID-19” by ToDoCanada https://www.todocanada.ca/things-to-do-with-teens-during-covid-19/

"10 free things you can do while stuck at home during COVID-19" from CBC https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/topstories/10-free-things-you-can-do-while-stuck-at-home-during-covid-19/ar-BB13vqNR?ocid=hplocalnews

ACHA Monday and Midweek Motivation series: sessions meant to create a space to come together, take a break, learn tools for navigating the current situation, and connect with one another - May's topics: Yoga at home, Tips and Tricks for Home Education, Resume writing, Dance Workout, Quarantine baking  https://www.achaheart.org/get-involved/events/



“Being Active during COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO)  https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/be-active-during-covid-19

“More than a stretch: Yoga’s benefits may extend to the heart” by Harvard Health Blog  https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/more-than-a-stretch-yogas-benefits-may-extend-to-the-hea rt-201504157868

“Staying Active During the Coronavirus Pandemic” by American College of Sports Medicine  https://www.exerciseismedicine.org/assets/page_documents/EIM_Rx%20for%20Health_%20St aying%20Active%20During%20Coronavirus%20Pandemic.pdf

“The Yoga-Heart Connection” by Johns Hopkins Medicine  https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-yoga-heart-connection

“COVID-19 and the information you need” by Heart and Stroke  https://www.heartandstroke.ca/articles/coronavirus-the-information-you-need



Cardiac Rehab programs have shut down across the county.  Access online cardiac rehab programs through UHN's Cardiac College https://www.healtheuniversity.ca/EN/CardiacCollege/About/Pages/our-program.aspx

Cardiac Rehabilitation Challenges During COVID-19 - virtual and practical tips from Heart & Stroke  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF56QL2nC7k&feature=youtu.be

Exercise programming and 'After Cardiac Rehab' information from Cardiac Health Foundation http://www.cardiachealth.ca/cardiac-rehab/exercise/article/46-let-s-keep-you-motivated-to-workout

“These are the free, no-equipment online fitness classes you need right now” cbc.ca: https://www.cbc.ca/life/wellness/these-are-the-free-no-equipment-online-fitness-classes-you-nee d-right-now-1.5500751

“These Canadian Gyms are Offering Free Live-Streaming Workouts” https://www.chatelaine.com/health/fitness/canadian-gyms-free-live-streaming-workouts/

“These Toronto fitness studios are offering digital classes right now” https://dailyhive.com/toronto/toronto-fitness-studios-digital-classes-coronavirus-covid-19

“Yoga Poses for Stress Relief During COVID-19” By Thrive Global: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/yoga-poses-for-stress-relief-during-covid-19/

YouTube: easily search for at-home exercise videos, something for everyone: https://www.youtube.com

Many fitness studios and coaches are offering free live and pre-recorded fitness classes during COVID-19 or search for at-home exercise videos readily available online across platforms like Zoom, Instagram, and YouTube



Big White Wall: A safe community to support your mental health, 24/7 https://www.bigwhitewall.com/?lang=en-ca?lang=en-ca

CAMH: Centre for Addition and Mental Health  http://www.camh.ca/covid19

Crisis Services Canada (CSC): national network of existing distress, crisis and suicide prevention services.  Crisis Text & Chat Support (9 AM - 10 PM MST) https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/

Kids Help Phone: 24/7 free confidential professional online, text and phone counselling and support to youth across Canada. EN and FR https://kidshelpphone.ca/

Indigenous support- Hope for Wellness Helpline: immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/

Talk4Healing: culturally grounded, fully confidential helpline for Indigenous women available in 14 languages across Ontario https://www.talk4healing.com/



Meal planning ideas and healthy choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/canada-food-guide/tips-healthy-eating/meal-planning-cooking-healthy-choices/recipes.html



Webinars from Adult Congenital Heart Association:

Coronavirus and the CHD Patient: https://vimeo.com/398825430

COVID-19 the information you need  https://www.heartandstroke.ca/articles/coronavirus-the-information-you-need

Ask an ACHD Specialist: COVID-19 Q&A  https://vimeo.com/410435097

Stress Management in ACHD in Challenging Times: https://vimeo.com/401182957



Canada Covid-19 emergency benefits including employment insurance, pensions and benefits for housing, education, training, family and people with disbilities as well as a beneift finder https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits.html

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) application www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html


Visit our COVID-19 and CHD information page for Tips infographic and health information for those living with CHD


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