January 2021 Newsletter

Healthy Eating in the New Year

New Year, New Recipes to Try at Home: 

USDA New Dietary Guidelines for Americans:  The new guidelines, released on 12/29/20, encourage Americans to Make Every Bite Count. Click here to read more and be sure to visit the new MyPlate website and learn about the new MyPlate app.  

The Hispanic Health Council has launched a new Facebook page and YouTube Channel that include nutrition and physical activity education videos in both English and Spanish.

SNAP-Ed Resources: Our friends at the University of St. Joseph/SNAP-Ed continue to create new resource videos.  Check out their Facebook page for more details and share them with others!

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy at Home: The US Department of Agriculture, SNAP-Ed, has an online library of resources to help you and your family stay safe at home during this pandemic, including how to plan your weekly menu, when and how to consider food safety, recipes and more.  Click here to view all of the resources that are available. 

Healthy Food Donation List: Many Connecticut residents rely on food pantries as a source of food to feed their families. Food pantries want to provide a variety of nutritious and delicious foods to support the health of community members in need. This list contains ideas of healthy food options to donate the next time you are shopping for a food drive.  Click here for English and here for Spanish.

 Getting Active at Home

Move More Together at Home:  The American Heart Association has a collection of online workouts for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.  Workouts feature mindful meditation, yoga, strength and cardio workouts.  Click here to view them all. 

Virtual Classes from the YMCA: The Y is here for you, even when you are home!  Community members are welcome to take advantage of free classes with some of our favorite Central Connecticut Coast Y instructors live on Zoom or try classes offered by Y instructors across the country anytime.    Click here for more details.

Fit 5 Portal: Special Olympics Connecticut continues to find ways to keep athletes engaged and active in the absence of sports practice and competition. The Fit 5 Portal provides health and fitness resources that athletes can utilize to stay fit and active at home. Health and fitness content includes healthy recipes, 30-minute workouts, and mental/emotional wellbeing activities. The portal is designed for those with disabilities, but everyone is welcome to utilize it. Click here to access the portal. 

World Health Organization Updates Physical Activity Recommendations: According to the WHO, up to 5 million deaths a year could be averted if the global population was more active.  Click here to learn more about the updated recommendations and here for their physical activity fact sheet.

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Getting physical activity can be a challenge while staying at home. However, it’s possible—and important—to be physically active while social distancing.  Click here to learn more about how to be physically active while social distancing.

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Physical Activity Basics in English and Spanish.  The evidence is clear—physical activity can make you feel better, function better, and sleep better.  Being physically active also fosters normal growth and development, improves overall health, can reduce the risk of various chronic diseases. Click here to learn more. 

Local Food Resources

New Haven Food Assistance Resources: Click here for a list of food resources in the New Haven area.    

Hamden Food Assistance Resource Guide:  Click here for a list of the available food resources in the Hamden area.  

Stratford Health Department Food Distribution:  Every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1950 Barnum Avenue in Stratford.  This is a drive thru food pantry.  To stay up-to-date on the latest news from the Stratford Health Department, like their Facebook page.

Bridgeport Hospital Food Distribution:  Every 3rd Tuesday starting at 5:30 PM at 200 Mill Hill Avenue.  Click here for more information.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Food Distribution: Every 4th Friday of the month starting at 1:00 PM at 2800 Main Street in Bridgeport. 

The CT Food Bank:  The CT Food Bank hosts several local mobile food pantry and milk/dairy express distributions each month.  Click here to view the latest schedule.  Check the CT Food Bank website often, as the schedule does change frequently.  

United Way 2-1-1:  You can visit the 2-1-1 website or call to be connected to resources including local food pantries, Covid testing, transportation, housing and much more.  

CT Emergency Food Resources:  Click here to access information on food assistance eligibility, statewide mobile food pantry schedules and much more.

Online purchasing of food with SNAP benefits: The Department of Social Services worked with participating food retailers to offer online purchasing of food with SNAP benefits in Connecticut.  SNAP enrollees are now able to use SNAP benefits available on their EBT debit-type card to purchase eligible food items online for delivery or curbside pickup at participating food retailers.  Retailers approved for the initial launch are Amazon, including Amazon Pantry and Amazon Fresh; 12 Walmart stores and Wakefern Food Corp., with 21 participating ShopRite stores.  Click here to read the Frequently Asked Questions or here for more information.

Healthy Living

Access Health CT Enrollment Extended:  Project Access has collaborated with Access Health CT to raise awareness of health insurance options and offer application assistance.  Access Health is the CT health insurance marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop, compare, and enroll in quality healthcare plans and the only place to qualify for financial help.   Click here for more information or call (203) 773-0838 to schedule an in-person, phone or video appointment for health insurance application assistance.  Enrollment deadline extended to January 15, 20201!

Dental Care Resource: Have you been delaying dental treatment due to Covid-19 fears?  Click here for a helpful list of questions you can ask your dental provider to learn more about their Covid-19 safety procedures.  Click here for the Spanish version.

Web MD:  In many places, hospitals and health clinics are focused on testing and taking care of people who may have the new coronavirus. So what should you do if you have another health problem and need to see a doctor?  Click here to read about the guidelines on medical care.


United Way 2-1-1:  You can visit the 2-1-1 website or call to be connected to resources including local Covid-19 testing sites.   

Center for Children’s Advocacy:  Family Resources for housing, food, energy assistance – click here for English and click here for Spanish.

CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention:  Read the summary of the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination based on what is currently known as well as frequently asked questions about the vaccine.  Click here for more information and read up-to-date data as it becomes available. 

Mental Health

Online Resources about Mental Health:  The US Department of Health and Human Services has an online resource library dedicated to a variety of mental health topics. The information is also available in Spanish.  Click here for more information.  

The Hub:  The HUB has created a thorough listing of behavioral health resources within the Greenwich and Greater Bridgeport Regions.  The Hub’s Resource Guide lists non-profit & public-sector services for crisis, mental health and substance use disorders, and support programs, including a listing of free peer support groups.  You can also click here to subscribe to their weekly newsletter.

Clifford Beers:  Clifford Beers provides over 16 programs and services to help meet a variety of mental and emotional needs for children and families.  Click here to view all of their online resources and click here to see their Covid-19 related resources.