Stay Safe, Get Outdoors & Have Fun
By staying home and observing public health guidelines, Oro-Medonte residents are doing their part to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Until further notice, residents must not travel and should only go out to pick up essential items. Staying home and following public health protocols is the best way to keep our community safe. Remaining at home can be challenging, but it can be fun too!
Make the most of this short, snowy month and keep your family safe (and sane). Here are some tips to stay healthy and active at home. (Hint: get outdoors!)
Build a Snowman
Few things bring joy to a child’s face like building a good old fashioned snowman. This year, you can win an exciting prize by submitting photos of your homemade snow creations. Challenge your family members to build the best snowman (or snowwoman). Take photos of your creations and upload them to the Oro-Medonte Snowman Facebook page for a chance to win. There are three categories to submit your photos to; traditional, creative, and business. Each category allows the opportunity to win a prize for a gift certificate to a local Oro-Medonte business of your choice, first prize is $100.00, second prize is $50.00 and third prize is $25.00. Don’t forget to share your snowman photos on your social media platforms using the hashtag #OroMedonteSnowman. The contest runs until February 28th and individuals and businesses are encouraged to participate. Get more information and vote for your favourite snowman here.
Health experts around the world agree that being active each day is the key to mental and physical wellness. This goes for folks of all ages! In Oro-Medonte we are blessed with scenic terrain and plenty of wide open spaces. Not to mention, lots of snow! By bundling up, getting outdoors and moving your body you can boost your mood and protect your health. If it’s a sunny day, that’s even better! Getting some Vitamin D can provide an extra boost to your spirits.
Fun in Your Own Backyard
At this time, the safest place to play is in your own backyard. Breathe in the fresh air, observe your natural surroundings and take a moment for yourself. Become a winter wildlife detective
and search for animal tracks in the snow. Take the dog for a walk, teach it some new tricks, make a hill and go tobogganing with the kids (even a small slope can work) or simply go for a walk. If you have snowshoes, try trekking around your property. Take advantage of the land around you.
If indoor activities are more your speed, consider trying out a new recipe in the kitchen, do some crafts with the kids (suncatchers and Valentines Day creations are popular with little ones) or call a loved one to stay connected.
To strengthen the local economy and show support to your fellow Oro-Medonte community members, we encourage you to consider supporting local businesses when shopping for essential items. Be sure to wear a mask or face covering indoors at all times as mandated by provincial government. If you are outdoors and you can't physically distance more than 2 metres (6 feet), wear a mask. If you’re feeling unwell, stay home.
Take care of yourself and others. Together, we will stay safe and save lives.