Hi Friend,

Like the rest of the world, Blue Zones Project is monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely. Our team members are following CDC and local public health department guidance as it pertains to events and social distancing in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. While scheduled upcoming events have been cancelled or postponed, community health and well-being is, and will always be, our number one priority. While in social isolation, we can still practice the Power 9 for overall well-being of our families.
Here are some tips:

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  • During social isolation, our dogs and furry friends still need to be walked! Go for a quick walk to get some fresh air, or enjoy one of the many beautiful hikes in our area. Just remember to stay your distance from other walkers. 
  • Otherwise, the internet is a great resource for an at-home workout or living room yoga session. Cleaning house is a pretty good way to move naturally too. BZP Team Member, Juliete loves doing at home yoga with free videos provided online from Yoga with Adriene. There's something for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. 
  • Get out in the yard, work in your garden, and get your hands dirty in a healthy way. This is a great time to gain the ultimate food security by growing your own food
  • Go for a run, ride your bike (like BZP Team Member, John), enjoy the sunshine, and smell the spring flowers while practicing safe social distancing.   

Downshift – Responding appropriately and positively to stress is healthy, satisfying, and could contribute to better outcomes. Certainly, the world is undergoing intense negative pressures which can be overwhelmingly damaging short-term or harnessed for good long-term.  

  • Stay informed, but don’t stay glued to the TV. This is a great time for downshifting and de-stressing. It’s okay to relax and do nothing, the CDC and DOH are asking you to do this.4-1
  • Stay home, chill and find creative ways to de-stress.
  • Take care of yourself and relax. Read a good book. Meditate. Keep a journal. Breathe! 
  • There are a few great meditation apps or tutorials online that you could try as well. Here's one to try from Headspace.

Purpose –We often push purpose to the side because we’re so busy with our day-to-day lives.

  • Now is a great time to take stock of your gifts, passions, and values. Take some time to jot these down. What do you love doing? What gifts do you have to share? Once our events are up and running again, join us for a Purpose Workshop to dig a bit deeper into your purpose. You can learn a little more about purpose by watching this video here.
  • If you’re taking some time off or are stuck at home, why not reimagine your future and start planning how you can live a better life doing the things that you are meant to do? 

80% Rule – We should always be practicing this, but when we’re under stress sometimes it's an easy Power 9 to forget.

  • Eat mindfully, enjoy your food, and stop eating when 80% full—the point when you pause to consider how you will handle the remaining food on your plate. One great way to eat only what you need is to not watch TV, news, or a movie while eating. Focus on your food and really savor it.
  • Eat at the dinner table and remind everyone to “hara hachi bu.”

Plant Slant –Never have time to cook? Here's a chance to sharpen and have fun with your culinary skills.

  • Put more veggies and fruits on your plate than other foods. Your body needs nutrition, perhaps now more than ever. Grocery stores currently remain open, and produce sections are decently stocked. If some of your staples aren't available, consider trying a new recipe with a fruit or vegetable you've either never had or rarely use.
  • Check out the library of Blue Zones inspired recipes here. Try out a new healthy recipe or 1-996
    experiment with your family. We have a bunch of new, healthy instant pot recipes too, that are sure to be crowd pleasers, even with the kids. BZP team member, Jess, recommends this recipe for parents looking to keep kids nourished and entertained during school closures.
  • Support Local Restaurants and Businesses. Local restaurants and businesses have been severely impacted by the new statewide COVID-19 measures. Make a point to continue to do business with them. Call and order take-out, delivery or curbside pickup meals from local restaurants where available. Reach out and offer your support via Facebook, take time to write a review there or on Yelp, sharing how much you appreciate them.  Consider buying gift cards to use in the future, or give to those in the community working on the frontlines, like healthcare workers, law enforcement, emergency response, public health, etc… BZP team member, Katie, enjoyed her delivered Buffalo Bowl from Wrappin & Rollin:Katie W&R-1
  • Make headway on the Blue Zones Project Approved Restaurant Passport! Pick up a passport at any Approved Restaurant and get a stamp for your Blue Zones-inspired to-go menu items. These restaurants have stepped up for us by making healthy choices easy, let's step up for them in this time of need. 

Friends @ Five – While we shouldn’t be out and about at our favorite happy hour spot, we can try to connect with our Friends at 5 over FaceTime.

  • Why not have a virtual Friends or Wine @ 5 with them? This also gives us an opportunity to cook a plant-based meal and have a glass of red with your significant other. Many smartphones allow multiple callers on the same call, so connect with a few of your friends and say cheers!

Family First – Take care of yourself first; then look after your family. You will all feel better knowing that you’re doing the right thing by taking care of one another as best as you can.

  • While in social isolation with your family, embark on a new art project together, get those dusty board games off the shelf or get some yard work done as a family. But first, get your home ready – to protect your family from COVID-19, see the CDC’s home checklist here.
  • Been a while since you spoke with relatives, get caught up with a family phone call or use WhatsApp or FaceTime for a more personal experience.
  • Feeling healthy and want to serve?
    Provide daycare, eldercare, or some child relief for families or individuals struggling to find services so they can work, go to appointments or run errands. If you are healthy and able, offer to watch their kids for a few hours, or arrange to sit with home-bound seniors or individuals. Make sure you are following the guidelines for social distancing, hand washing and frequent cleaning. 

Belong – While it's not the time to attend a crowded worship service, some faith-based organizations offer live-streaming or podcast services.

  • Connect with congregants, share your concerns, and help one another. We’re all in this together. Take time to dive into spiritual study. 

Right Tribe – Remain connected with friends who are optimistic and help you to stay healthy and positive. Share good news and encourage one another to be resilient. 

  • Haven’t called your BFF in a while? Do it! Don’t forget that thanks to modern-day technology, we can still connect with our buddies via calls, text or FaceTime. While we must be physically isolated, we can still be socially connected.
  • Neighbor Check–10
    Feeling healthy and want to serve? Set a goal to check-in with 10 of your neighbors or friends every few days. Encourage others to do the same. If we each take the time to Neighbor Check-10, we can significantly check on most of the residents in Douglas County. If you are able, call, text or knock (if you are healthy) on your neighbor’s door to make sure they are doing ok. Offer to pick up groceries, run errands or deliver a hot meal. It is important to take care of one-another during this crisis.

If you're feeling well and would like to find ways to serve your community, here are a few relevant opportunities: 

  • Donate Blood to a Red Cross Blood Bank - Severe Blood Shortage Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
    The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Find a local blood drive here. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Watch this video on the safety and need for blood donations. Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon.
  • Volunteer at the local COVID-19 Call Center
    We continue to encourage residents to utilize the local call center (541) 464-6550 to answer COVID-19 related questions and concerns, instead of calling 911. But, we also are in need of volunteers to staff the call center. If you are able to assist in answering calls, please call the hotline number to find out more about volunteering. The call center is staffed with volunteer health care professionals who can answer questions from the public, and is available from 8:00 am–7:30 pm, seven days a week.
  • Volunteer or Donate with COAD:
    Can you volunteer or donate something? Do you need help? Check Out COAD - Douglas County Community Organizations Active in Disaster. COAD is currently assisting isolated seniors and other at-risk individuals for the COVID-19 virus. One year ago, they were helping to meet the needs of individuals isolated due to the snowstorm. Now, they are doing the same for individuals isolated due to being at higher risk if exposed to the Covid-19 virus.  They are seeking volunteers to assist in the delivery of food, medicine and hygiene supplies to seniors and other at-risk individuals in Douglas County. COAD Website
  • Volunteer at Local Senior Dining Sites:
    Douglas County senior dining sites in Yoncalla, Glide, Glendale, Sutherlin, Riddle, Winston and Reedsport are in need of volunteers to staff kitchen, meal prep, meal delivery and curb service pick up positions. Please contact Douglas County Senior Services at (541) 440-3677 or log onto: Douglas County Senior Services Website

Public Reminder – Hospitals, Clinics and 911
Local officials would like to remind the public, that if you are feeling reasonably well, you might not need to visit a clinic or hospital, which allows providers to focus on patients who most need care. If you are very ill or having trouble breathing, call your healthcare provider and only call 911 if it is an actual emergency.

Stay informed with the right information: 
DPHN officials have compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning the novel coronavirus. This list is being updated as new information comes available. To see the full COVID-19 FAQ list visit DPHN’s website.

There is also an abundance of accurate COVID-19 resources available from the following websites: Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and by calling or logging onto 211Info.


Be well,

The Blue Zones Project Team