COVID-19 – It’s time for a Mental Health Checkup

On Wednesday’s show, Hunter and Marcy tackled the topic of maintaining positive mental health during COVID-19. They shared some wonderful tips from Lori Criss, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction.

Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine recently invited Lori Criss, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to speak during one of his daily press conferences. Criss shared advice for all the Ohioans staying at home on how they can maintain positive mental health in this difficult situation:
  • Wake up at the same time every day.
  • Keep a routine schedule.
  • Schedule in leisure time for yourself.
  • Create work/school time separate from other activities.
  • Reach out to friends and family every day (especially if you live alone).
  • Reach out to neighbors who live alone.
  • Reach out for help if you are in need or unsafe.
  • Stay in touch with your primary care doctors and mental health and addiction doctors.
  • Stay connected to your faith community (There are resources for faith communities on
  • Enjoy nature.
  • If you work or study at home, build in social time.
  • You can find volunteer opportunities at
  • Set boundaries for yourself. Be aware if you are feeling hungry, angry, lonely, or tired.
  • Create opportunities for your kids to interact with their friends.
  • Listen to questions from your kids and answer honestly, monitor their media and make sure they are getting information from trusted sources, and let them express their feelings.
  • For individuals in recovery, stay connected to recovery support.
  • Reach out to anyone you know recovering from mental illness.
  • If you know someone who is feeling hopeless, have them call the suicide prevention hotline, 1-800-273-8255.

Here are some easy things you can do at home to improve your mental health TODAY:

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Photo by Madison Inouye

Shopping, Making Cloth Face Coverings, and Parenting During COVID-19

During this time of COVID-19, normal things are proving difficult. One of those things is grocery shopping. Here are some tips and tricks for when you have to head out to get supplies for you and your family.

Getting Groceries Delivered

• High-risk individuals should use a delivery service when possible.
• Order earlier than you usually do. Delivery times are filling up faster than usual.
• Avoid an in person hand off. Arrange for a “no-contact delivery” and tip electronically.
Here are a few suggestions for local delivery options:
Instacart (Aldi, Kroger and CVS)
Walmart Grocery – Delivery and pick-up available “we’re working to fulfill as many orders as possible. Check time slot availability before starting your order

Kroger Click-List– Make sure that you order ahead of time and schedule a time!

When going to the store:

• Plan what you are going to buy to help minimize your time in the grocery store.
• Do not buy more than you and your family will need for two weeks.
• If you arrive and it appears really crowded, leave and return another time. Shop earlier if you must to avoid the rush.
• Be prepared to wait – many grocery stores are limiting the number of shoppers in the store at a time. Be sure to read and follow any signs and instructions that have been posted by grocery stores.
• Bring wipes – wipe down your cart and hands. Gloves won’t work – if you touch an infected surface with gloves you will only infect the next thing you touch.
• Use wipes to open freezer doors. Touch as few surfaces as possible.
• Commit to what you are buying before picking it up
• Don’t touch your face while shopping, and sneeze or cough into your elbow.
• Keep a two-grocery-cart-space between yourself and other shoppers.
• Practice proper social/physical distancing, while waiting your turn at the register.
• Use plastic bags or bag your own food if you have brought reusable bags (some grocery stores
are requiring this).
• Try virtual payment system like Apple Pay (with your phone) so you don’t have to open your wallet at all.
• Sanitize your hand and your phone as soon as you reach the car with hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content).

• Wear a face mask, as recommended by the CDC.

So… how do I make a face mask?

The CDC has some wonderful recommendations on how to make an at-home face mask.

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Click HERE to see the CDC’s complete list of recommendations and how to make face masks with cloth, a t-shirt, and bandannas!

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April 2020 Presidential Update with MVNU President Dr. Henry Spaulding

Dr. Henry Spaulding spent time talking to WNZR for his April Presidential Update.
He shared news about how MVNU has approached the COVID-19 Crisis and what changes have come because of this pandemic. Dr. Spaulding provided messages of encouragement for faculty, staff and students. He also shared some important prayer requests, including some requests for his family members working within the healthcare field.

Click HERE to hear from Dr. Henry Spaulding

Click HERE to stay up to date with MVNU’s response to COVID-19.

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites – We can still be thankful even in the COVID-19 Crisis

For our Friday Favorites today (4/3/2020), The Morning Thing hosts shared what they are thankful for in the  midst of the COVID-19 Crisis.


Click HERE to hear from Hunter Sutyak

Click HERE to hear from Rachel Rinehart

Click HERE to hear from Marcy Rinehart

Stay up to date on everything happening with the COVID-19 Crisis.
Click HERE for WNZR’s Daily Report.
Click HERE to see the Daily COVID-19 Report from the Knox County Health Department.
Click HERE to see the Daily COVID-19 Report from the Knox County Emergency Management Agency.
Click HERE to see the most updated Stay at Home Order from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
Click HERE to see how WNZR Artists are responding and connecting with you on social media.

10 Ways Coronavirus Can Change Your Life for the Better

Daily life has definitely changed because of the COVID-19 Crisis. We are learning to navigate our “new normal”.

The Morning Thing shared some insight from Crosswalk.

Click HERE to see 10 Ways that the Coronavirus can change your life for the better.

1. Renewed (or New) Prayer Life

2. A Slower, More Peaceful Pace of Life

3. Increased Family Time

4. Greater Empathy and Patience

5. Reduced Carbon Footprint

6. New Outdoor Habits

7. Adjusted Financial Priorities

8. Opportunities to Catch Up

9. Personal Growth

10. Redefined Relationships

Click HERE to see the full article.

Photo by Gustavo Fring

MVNU’s Campus Pastor, Stephanie Lobdell talks about our Lifeline Theme – ECHO

This week on The Morning Thing, we are going to share more about our Lifeline Theme – ECHO.
Yes, we had to postpone Lifeline because of COVID-19. In light of this worldwide crisis, our staff is very passionate about becoming an Echo of Christ’s love – to you and your family, to everyone that listens to WNZR and to our community.

We recently spoke with Stephanie Lobdell, MVNU’s Campus Pastor, about the theme of Echo and how she sees Christ’s love being echoed in her life and others. Watch her tell her story below.

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You can join our prayer team today –

You can also become a ministry partner –

For more information about Lifeline 2020 go to

The Morning Thing’s Friday Favorite – finding encouragement during COVID-19

Today for our Friday Favorites, we shared encouraging stories that are emerging during the COVID-19 Crisis.

Click HERE to hear Rachel and Marcy Rinehart share.

At WNZR, we want to be a source of encouragement for you and your family.
We want to be a safe place where you can find hope, joy and peace.
Thanks for listening and allowing us to be your #Lifeline!

Please check out our website, for multiple resources for you and your family. Information and inspiration during the COVID-19 Crisis.
If you have a need or need prayer, please call us at 740-392-9090.

Quarantine for TEENS! What do you do?

With the teens home from school, it can be hard to find things for them to do besides binging Netflix or being on their phone.

Here are some ideas for your teen to try!

  1. Bake something new from a cookbook.
  2. Find something in your room that enjoyed when you were younger and try it again, just for fun.
  3. Figure out what’s a mile or less from your home, and walk to one interesting place.
  4. Play a board game.
  5. Color, draw, or paint.
  6. Walk a dog.
  7. Call a grandparent (you’ll make their day).
  8. Do a crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or word find.
  9. Ride a bike, skateboard, or scooter. (depending on recommendations from CDC)
  10. Write in a journal.

See the complete list here!

There are also some great lessons that your teen can learn while staying at home:

1. You have a duty to others.

This disease doesn’t seem to affect kids and teenagers in a serious way. You could probably go out with friends, go to concerts, and live your everyday life, and you’d be just fine. But it’s not all about you. Sometimes we do boring or uncomfortable or hard things so we can help all of us, because that’s what humans do. It’s why we follow traffic rules and donate blood and don’t litter and a thousand other things. And you know what else? Sometimes it feels good to know you matter (you do), that you are needed (you are). We are counting on you.

2. Nature is soothing, free, and necessary.

It’s going to be a long road. We’re going to get anxious and antsy. Cooped up at home, we’re also going to be way too sedentary. We all need to get outside as often as we can—at a minimum, at least once every day. There’s something about fresh air and fat chattering squirrels and crocuses pushing through a mat of last fall’s leaves that wakes up couch-dulled bodies and whisks away the fog of worried minds. Coronavirus or not, it’s always a good time to take a walk.

3. Eat the leftovers.

Yes, sometimes we’ll get pizza or Chipotle. But we have a fridge full of food and we are not going to waste it. And when it’s not so full, we’ll get creative and try to use up what we have before we go to the grocery store and endanger ourselves and others. “Need” has real meaning now. It was always a good idea to use the produce before it spoiled and eat the ends of the bread before opening a new bag. But now we get it, don’t we?

4. Memories aren’t always planned.

We are living in extraordinary times. None of us would choose this, but history is being written right now. Someday, my teenager, if you have kids, you will tell them what it was like to live through the coronavirus pandemic. They’ll marvel that you didn’t have a vaccine yet, and they’ll know (as you know about us) that you must be really old. But you’ll remember all this. Sometimes memories are made of vacations and birthdays and holidays and graduations. But sometimes memories are made of blizzards and hurricanes and 9/11 and that time the whole town lost power for two days. Heroic things will happen, sad things will happen, and small, funny, stupid things will happen in the coming weeks and months. You won’t get the memories you planned on, but I promise you will get memories you’ll hold onto for the rest of your life.


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