During the COVID-19 pandemic, people report feeling more stress and anxiety than usual. This is normal. We can help.

It can also be hard to stay at home apart from the friends, places, and activities that are normally part of your day. We’ve compiled resources to help you stay healthy, fit, and entertained while you may not have access to your usual daily routines.

Staying Healthy

General health

Self-Care Tips from the Carruth Center at West Virginia University

Things to Do At Home: A list of free activities to do while you’re socially distancing at  home

Physical activity Free workout programs online

Pure Barre: 1-week unlimited livestreaming and free foundations class  

Planet Fitness: Streaming live at home workouts for free on Facebook daily at 7pm

Orangetheory Fitness: Free Orangetheory at home on YouTube

OBE Fitness: Offers 100 live classes per week, including cardio, strength, yoga and stretch based workouts. Use code SWEATSANDCITY for a month free

Dance Body: Dance fitness workout offering free 7 day trial and then 50% off the first two months with code DBHALFOFF

Skyting: Yoga TV on demand seven days free and then $20 a month.

Don Saladino: Celebrity personal trainer offering four week bodyweight training program.

Peloton: 30-day free trial of their app which gives access to on-demand classes including running, strength, cycling, yoga and more.

Daily Burn: 60 day free trial of 2000 streaming workouts

YMCA 360: Free on-demand fitness videos

Golds Gym: Free trial of their app through the end of May with FIT60 code

Life Time: Cardio, strength, and yoga classes for free

Blink Fitness: Live-streaming workout videos at 8am Eastern time

Eating well

Free meals and food deals: Good Housekeeping lists all of the food chain providers who are offering discounts, free delivery etc.

Harvard School of Public Health: Tips on nutrition, grocery shopping, takeout and delivery, meal planning, cooking, eating, and exercise tips

West Virginia Resources: Information on WV public food assistance for children during school closures

Summer Food Service Program for West Virginia 

Staying Entertained


Apple Books: Offering ‘stay at home’ eBook catalog

Amazon Kindle: Free titles in the eBook store: Kindle unlimited 30-day free trial and then $10 a month afterwards and discount pricing on other titles

Google Play: Free eBook titles in the Play store

West Virginia Reads: Lets WV residents use Libby, Hoopla, and other Library apps to virtually check out books or other media using your local library card or university login

Comixology: Free issues of comics and manga

Open Library: Has free e-books that anyone can borrow

Duke University Press: 90 days of unlimited electronic access to their course materials and Duke eBook collection

MIT Press: Free to faculty and students and libraries access to catalog of eBooks on MIT Press Direct through May 2020. More than 2,770 eBooks.

Ohio State University Press: All monographs, linguistics textbooks, and language files are available through the repository online.

University of Michigan Press: All content free including removing access restrictions on over 1000 titles until the end of June.

JSTOR: 6000 eBooks and more than 150 journals free to public

Project MUSE: All scholarly content available for free from the following: Johns Hopkins (all books and journals); Ohio State (all books and journals); University of Nebraska (all books and journals); University of North Carolina (all books); Temple (all books), and Vanderbilt (selected books) and will continually update the list of publisher offerings

Cambridge University Press: Over 700 textbooks published and currently available until June 29th

Dominion Post: Free local COVID updates/articles from the Dominion Post without subscription


HBO Now and HBO Go: 500 hours of programming available for free

National Theater At Home: London’s National Theater has made select programming available for free streaming

Kanopy: 30,000 documentaries, classic and indie films and popular movies available for free with a public library or university account

Sling TV: ‘Stay in and sling’ with free content. For paid content, it costs $20 for the first month subscription

Marketplace Podcasts: Free podcasts

Shudder: Streaming site dedicated to thriller, suspense, and horror movies offering 7 days of free access to new users

Movies Anywhere: Added a screen pass that allows members to lend digital movies to friends and family

Masterclass: Offers a free streaming class from a celebrity expert every week, and you can watch recorded classes

NFL Game Pass: Through July 31, 2020 complimentary access to a library full of football programming

CBS All Access: Two-month free trial with code GIFT for first 30 days and ENJOY for second 30 days

Amazon Prime: Free access to many shows and movies

Pocket Casts: An app that helps you find and listen to thousands of free podcasts

Kids and Family

Action for Healthy Kids: Over 20 resources for physical activity, nutrition, mindfulness & play

Live Science: Activities and online resources for homebound kids

Culture LA: Arts resources for homebound kids

Chrome Music Lab Song Maker: Create multi-track songs

Family support: Facebook live video chats with expert clinicians 10am and 430pm, remote evaluations and telemedicine, phone consultations for follow-up about Facebook Live events and other questions about how to manage kids at home, daily tips for parenting during the crisis via email, and comprehensive resources for parents on COVID topics

Online games: A comprehensive list on Google Docs grouped by type of game and age appropriateness

Staying Smart

Travel and Culture

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Live cameras

Animal livestreams: Watch cute animals from home

The Met: Has a free video library including educational talks, how-to classes, and videos for kids.

Travel and Leisure: Here are 12 worldwide museums you can tour for free virtually

Berliner Philharmoniker: German Orchestra based in Berlin digital concert hall for 30 days with more than 600 performances when you use the code BERLINPHIL

Online Education

Free Code Camp: 450 free college courses you can take

American Psychological Association (APA): Resources to support distance learning including free access to PsycLearn: Research Methods, eight modules of intro to social psychology for educators and students.

The American Psychological Association (APA): Online tutorials and webinars to help with academic writing and research.

Khan Academy: Free online courses for all ages, from schoolkids to adults.

Coursera: Free online courses on all kinds of topics.

Enki: An app that can teach you to code. Most of the content is free; a paid subscription is $4.99 per month

Duolingo: A free gamified language-learning program with over 30 languages to choose from

TinyCards: Helps you learn anything with fun flashcards. Pick from hundreds of sets or make your own

Free Technology Resources

Netflix Party Chrome extension: Allows you to watch Netflix with friends and family from afar

Penguin Random House open license: Gives teachers, librarians and booksellers permission to create story time, read aloud and videos using their books.

Bookclubz: An online platform to organize your book club

Houseparty: A free mobile app that lets you easily have video chats with friends, one-on-one, or in a group

Zoom: A web meeting software. Free accounts allow you to host up to 100 people for up to 40 minutes at a time.