Stay active during the pandemic

It’s important to try to prevent getting COVID-19 by keeping distance between you and others and wearing face coverings. At the same time, it’s also important to be active, choose healthy foods and drinks, get enough sleep and manage stress. Staying in the best possible health year-round can help you prevent or manage serious diseases that worsen outcomes from COVID-19 and can help your body fight the virus if you do get it.

Having obesity can increase adults’ chances of having serious outcomes from the COVID-19 virus, including hospitalization and death and about 1 out of 3 Alaska adults has obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People with obesity are three times more likely to need hospitalization due to COVID-19 than people without obesity.

About one of every three Alaska children is growing up at an unhealthy weight. Alaska kids are now getting less physical activity and more non-academic screen time than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic began according to a survey of nearly 750 parents across Alaska: 

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Play Every Day helps Alaskans stay active right now

The Play Every Day campaign is updating Alaska families about how to continue safe physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Play Every Day is a campaign with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to help Alaska children grow up at a healthy weight and encourage families to be physically active and choose healthy drinks. 

Staying active during this challenging time can help your physical and mental health — improving your mood and sleep and reducing your stress. Play Every Day shares the latest guidance from the health department about how to get out and play safely. This guidance addresses playing with your family or household members, social distancing when being active outdoors, and guidelines for wearing a face covering when you’re active and could pass others.

Play Every Day is sharing its updates in several ways: