Lehigh Valley health officials say a lot of people are stressed out about kids returning to school.

Not just the start of the school year, but also how families will achieve the work-school balance, with a mixture of at-home and away scenarios in play during the pandemic.

It's just one of a few red flags that health officials say have sprung up in the five months of quarantine.

If you cruise by Allentown's Rose Garden on a nice day, you will see a lot of people getting their exercise.

"I walk about 6 miles, sometimes less," said Anthony Cruche, a Rose Garden regular.

Allentown resident Chris Hand says he's also spending more time outdoors lately.

"I certainly have more time, it's allowed me to workout in the mornings," he said.

But doctors say not everyone is breaking a sweat during the pandemic.

"I'd say overall more people are struggling with exercise and the restrictions because of coronavirus than previously," said Dr. Grant Greenberg, chair of Family Medicine at LVHN.

Greenberg says pandemic stress and working from home are causing a lot of people to eat more.

He says stress is also triggering cases of depression in some people.

"I don't want to confuse social distancing with social isolation. It's really important to stay connected with your family, with your friends, your colleagues at work," said Greenberg.

He says anyone who is feeling depressed should contact their health provider, especially if they have thoughts of self-harm.

Greenberg says we're living in a difficult time where self-care is critical.

It's also a time where some people are putting off preventative care.

"If children don't come in for the immunizations and flu shots in the fall, we run the risk of significant problems moving forward," said Greenberg.

Greenberg says there can also be consequences to delaying things like mammograms, cancer screenings and blood pressure checks.

For those who need to get back on track, Greenberg suggests establishing a routine where planning healthy meals, routine doctors visits and scheduling exercise become a priority.

He says staying on track can be as easy as reaching out to family or friends for accountability and companionship.

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