Resources during Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, the Poe Center remains committed to providing quality critical health education. There has never been a more important time to make healthy choices, which is why we echo local, state, and national health recommendations to:

Thank you for protecting yourself and your loved ones. The Poe Center is here to help. We have compiled a list of our best educational, fun, and useful resources along with local and state-wide information to help you stay active, healthy – and sane – during this unprecedented time.

Keep Calm, and Poe on!

This information is current as of 8/16/2021 and will be updated as needed. Information is subject to change as the current states-of-emergency develop.


COVID Vaccine Information:

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and others from becoming seriously ill due to COVID-19. Vaccines, along with wearing a facemask + physical distancing + washing your hands, provides the most protection.

COVID Safety Practices:

The Centers for Disease Control and the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services recommend the following to protect yourself and others from contracting and spreading COVID-19.

    • About COVID-19 – Brief explanation of the virus and common-sense measures to protect yourself and others
    • COVID-19 Vaccines – Information on the development of the vaccine and responses to frequently asked questions.
    • Practice the 3 Ws – Wear a Mask, Wash Your Hands, Wait 6 feet between yourself and others – even if you are vaccinated.
    • CDC Guidelines for How to Select, Wear & Clean Your Face Mask
    • Know the Symptoms – COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the flu. Symptoms are typically mild to moderate, but there have been cases of severe illness and death due to the virus. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
    • Testing Finder – If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, you should be tested
    • Stay home, save lives: We all need to do our part to slow the spread. Protect your family, protect your neighbors, protect North Carolina. Stay home when you can.
    • Gather Safely: Any time people get together there is an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission. Whether you’re hosting or attending an event, here are 12 tips for gathering safely and preventing the spread of the virus.

Access to Food:

Access to the Internet and Energy Resources:

Poe’s Educational Resources:

Looking for resources to continue health education at home? Try these resources courtesy of the Poe Center:

  • Curriculum Pathways Lessons – Integrate Poe’s creative health lessons into your home activities.
  • Poe’s Online Exhibits: Visit one of Poe’s beautifully designed online exhibits. Each website features dozens of informative hotspots covering a wide range of health-science topics, including kitchen safety and skills, gardening education, medicine safety, and health history.
  • Poe’s Classroom Calendar: Poe’s yearly Nutrition and Physical Activity Calendar is full of healthy eating and active lifestyle tips, activities, games, recipes, and more.
  • Health Education Mini-Lessons: Health class is still in. Poe’s expert health educators present short video lessons on mental health, nutrition, gardening, physical activity, and cooking.

Resources, Blogs & Related Articles


Physical Activity:




Substance Use Prevention:



#PoeFit Tweet Database

Did you know you can search a database of #PoeFit tweets for anything related to healthy eating, active lifestyles, and gardening! Try searching our #PoeFit Database for these terms: “at home” “easy” “quick” “snack” “game” “indoors” “stay active” “moving” “move.”

Check out our main Twitter account for #PoePrevention Tweets too. Our Substance Use Prevention educators publish a weekly series that deals with mental health, mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, protective factors, and more.

Mental Health Resources:

How You Can Help

  • Donate to the Poe Center – As a leader in health education, illness prevention has been a core message in the Poe Center’s programs since our inception in 1991. We’ve taught thousands of children and families the value of proper handwashing and how to bust germs. Although our doors are currently closed, staff are working hard to create online programs so we may continue to deliver these important and timely messages to classrooms around the state remotely. Please consider a donation to the Poe Center at this time so that we may continue to educate NC families on how to keep themselves healthy during this national crisis.
  • Activate Good has a list of ways you can volunteer to support Triangle organizations during the COVD-19 crisis.
  • A guide to support local food systems during COVID-19.
  • 10 Ways to Safely Help Your Community During COVID-19 (Americorps)