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UNC: Reflects on Milestones During Public Health Thank You Day

This year, Public Health Thank You Day took place on Monday, November 25. At the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, this day offers a great chance to thank the professionals who work to protect, promote and ensure the health of our communities. It also offers an opportunity to educate our communities on the part public health plays in daily life.

This year, students created a visual exhibit on major milestones in public health called, “Thanks for the Extra 30 Years.” In 1900, they explained, the average life expectancy of a child born in the United States was 50 years. By 2010, that number had increased 60 percent to 80 years.

In a series of posters, they shared top milestones in biomedical, epidemiological and behavioral research — combined with public health policy — that played a major role in this gain.

In addition, Master of Public Health student Ms. Shannon Simmons offered 5-minute guided meditation sessions to help students, faculty and staff relax and prepare for finals.

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