Experts have told us to stay away from other people to prevent the spread of germs and protect ourselves. But that doesn’t make this extended alone time easy for anyone. It is important for our health to keep up human contact during this time. We are lucky to live in a world where connection from afar is possible. Keeping up with a friend over the phone can help. Agree to check in on each other daily. Or, make it your job to phone an elderly neighbor a few times a week. If you have a computer, tablet, or smartphone, use it to video call. Seeing a person’s face can make your connection feel stronger. Finally, look for ways to show kindness to other people. Writing letters to relatives, knitting a gift blanket, or volunteering from home are just a few ways to help give your days purpose and feel less alone.
Sonia graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, She is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and a Chronic Care Professional. She's obtained her graduate certificate in Dietetics from Southern University and A&M in Baton Rouge, LA and is currently working towards a graduate degree in Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from Central Michigan University. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Her experience has been working in African American and Latino communities that are underserved and under-insured. Her passion is supporting our members to feel confident in making healthier lifestyle decisions.