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UNC Celebrates National Public Health Week

In celebration of APHA’s National Public Health Week, the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has accepted the challenge to initiate and support a “culture of health” at the School.


As the week begins, students, faculty and staff members, and public health partners will hold a public health fair in the School’s atrium to promote ways to make living a healthy life easier.

Exercising doesn’t have to be prolonged and painful! Planned walking groups will organize throughout the day and week, using various mapped routes that take 10 – 15 minutes each.

On April 8, the Gillings School will host a PHocus Series film screening and panel discussion on the benefits of placing dogs in prisons and the ways that and other initiatives can produce creative collaborations that benefit health. The PHocus (Public Health Focus) Series is sponsored by the School’s NC Institute for Public Health and throughout the year hosts lectures and other events focused on public health issues.

Also on April 8, the world-champion Bouncing Bulldogs, a Chapel Hill- and Durham (NC)-based not-for-profit organization, will perform at the School and will be honored for their role in promoting well-rounded, healthy young lives. The group is dedicated to providing jump rope instruction and experiences to children, teens and others. For more than two decades, the organization has been a model for producing youth ambassadors passionate about physical activity, civic engagement and education.

On April 9, the School will host coffee in the morning with a taping of local station WNCU’s radio show, “The Measure of Everyday Life,” hosted by Mr. Brian Southwell.

The week closes on April 10, with a Practice Pathways PHield Trip to the Orange County (NC) Health Department. Each year, Gillings School students, and faculty and staff members take the day-long field trip to learn more about the directives and programs of public health at the local level.

Watch for us on Facebook and Twitter at #UNCcultureofHealth!