This is a transcript of some of the discussion and the Chat box in our weekly Zoom call.
Thank you to our Special Guests on Voting Issues:
Sharon Manecki – National Federation of the Blind of Maryland.
Ben Jackson – Disability Rights Maryland
Sharon provided an overview of the challenges to voting in Maryland starting in 2016. They have been telling the Board of Elections concerns about the voting process particularly accessibility and privacy protections with regard to the secret ballot. They have also been working through the legislature and the courts to address it.
This upcoming election, there is a Paper ballot – complete it, sign it and either mail it in, drop it off at the designated locations. If you need an electronic copy, you will need to contact the Board of Elections.
Email will have a link, you’ll get a password and you’ll get the electronic ballot. Then you have to print it out, sign it, drop it off in person or mail it back.
This is a transcript of some of the discussion and the Chat box in our weekly Zoom call.)
Welcome to our weekly chat series. Today’s topic is health and well-being including mental health!
Some Tips from Mike Bullis:
Brush your teeth, wash your face, get dressed.
Listen to your favorite music or favorite movie.
Don’t use marijuana or alcohol too much.
Take a nap. If you need a rest, get one. Sometimes you need to recharge. These times are stressful and simple things aren’t as easy as it seems
Don’t watch too much news.
Stay connected with family, friends, colleagues. Get outside your own bubble. Connect with people are GOOD for you!
Know the difference between being depressed and depression. It’s okay to be depressed from depressing situations, but recognize when you need to get some professional help
When you’re at home, try to separate from work. Take a break and push work out of your mind.
Ed Caldwell is here to talk about some of the physical fitness and nutrition tips:
The number one excuse, the most popular excuse for not being physically active, they don’t have enough time. But you have to make the time because you have to make it fit in with your schedule.
Walking is a great exercise. You can burn a lot of calories and helps build immunity by getting outside. Embrace the outdoors. You get vitamin D from the sunshine. That’s one of many exercises. While you have time now, try rearranging to create a space for home workouts.
Beware of Boredom Eating! Find something to do instead. Try a new hobby. A bright side of the lock down is the focus on small local business especially food such as locally grown food. That benefits the local community and often the food is healthier.
From Me to Everyone:
Have everyone! Welcome to our Live Chat and Happy May the 4th!
also, I mentioned last week that BCBS, Aetna, & United waived co-pays for telehealth physical therapy during covid, so now might be a good time to get some fitness advice from a physical therapist for free, especially if you have a physical disability
From Amanda Taylor to Everyone:
Special Olympics also has a great program right now for adaptive exercises.