School News

Study: satisfying safety, liability concerns could boost use of school physical activity facilities

February 25, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Safety, insurance and liability concerns are the biggest barriers to be overcome before children and adults can benefit more from using school physical activity facilities during non-school hours, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health study concludes.The chief value of such use would… Read more »

Minority public health officials learn to manage crises in new UNC pilot program

February 24, 2004 CHAPEL HILL – Thirty-two minority public health officials from across the United States are learning how to manage in crisis situations through a new fellowship program, “Managing through Turbulent Times: The Kellogg Emerging Leaders in Public Health Fellowship.””We’re living in very turbulent times with what seems like a new public health crisis… Read more »

Sole Sisters will soon begin training for Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure; orientation is March

February 23, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Many women have gone through life never believing they could keep a regular exercise regimen, much less run in a race. Sole Sisters, a 14-week training program, wants to challenge that assumption and help these women succeed in ways they never thought possible.Women interested in becoming “Sole Sisters” are… Read more »

Laws designed to prevent too-short hospital stays allow mothers more time, study shows

February 20, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — State and federal laws passed in the mid-1990s to curtail “drive-through deliveries” — potentially dangerous, exceptionally short hospital stays for women giving birth — have partially succeeded in correcting that problem in some states, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health study shows.”In the… Read more »

Dardess named School of Public Health’s interim dean

February 20, 2004 Dr. Margaret Dardess has been appointed interim dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health by Dr. Robert Shelton, the University’s executive vice chancellor and provost. Her appointment becomes effective March 15, 2004. Dardess joined the School of Public Health in January 2002 as associate dean… Read more »

Practice-based education for doctors improves delivery of preventive child care: UNC study

February 13, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Child health experts widely agree that children should receive a wide range of preventive services to ensure normal development, but the statistics on a variety of health screenings are somewhat discouraging.Statistics show only about 75 percent of 2-year-olds nationwide are fully immunized, and fewer than half of parents receive… Read more »

‘Built environment’ influences on health to be focus of minority health conference

February 12, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — The environment where we live, work and play profoundly influences our health. That intersection between health and the “built environment” will be the focus of the 26th Annual Minority Health Conference sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.Titled “Health and the Built… Read more »

Survey: active, passive smoking in N.C. middle school children boosts asthma cases 15 percent

February 10, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — One of the largest surveys ever done among North Carolina school children shows that those who sometimes smoke or are exposed to tobacco smoke at home or elsewhere suffer more asthma than their classmates.The massive University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill survey showed that childhood smoking and exposure… Read more »

‘Narratives of HIV’ events to promote understanding of epidemic’s impact

February 09, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — U.S. health officials are pushing for renewed attention to the HIV-AIDS epidemic amid a resurgence of cases. In response, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will launch “Narratives of HIV: Hearing Their Stories,” a series of awareness and educational events to provide greater understanding about the impact… Read more »

Study indicates nutritional benefits of the WIC program

February 06, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-led research team has found that preschoolers enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) show positive nutritional behaviors and intakes beyond the program’s goals.The new study is published in this month’s issue of the Journal of… Read more »