Creating a culture of health is a continuous process and includes finding opportunities to ensure people have access to options that make it easier to live a healthy life.

During National Public Health Week (in April), we asked our students, faculty and staff to tell us how we can improve the culture of health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. We are actively growing our initiative based on the responses.

Working toward a culture of health requires partnership and collaboration. Get involved:

Culture of Health graphic identity

We hope you’ll join in on the challenge!
A Letter from Culture of Health

Dear Friends,

Please read Dean Barbara Rimer’s letter to Gillings staff about self-care during these difficult times.

We hope you will continue to pursue moments of indoor and/or outdoor activity and make use of the many resources available to you right here in the UNC community (some are listed below).

Please keep in touch with your loved ones, friends and colleagues remotely and reach out to UNC resources if you’re feeling overwhelmingly isolated at home or for any other reason.

Our sincerest wishes of health and well-being for you and yours,

The Gillings Culture of Health Wellness Champions Committee:
Rhoda Cerny (co-champion)
Deshana Cabasan-Hunte (co-champion)
Myka Elliott
Tamala Grissett
Maija Leff
Julie McManus
Amber Meads
Linda Mitchell
Kate Sayre
Melissa Walter

Nutrition Webinar

COVID Coping: Eating well and Eating Easy
Recorded Webinar (Zoom)
Presentation Slides (Google Drive)
Handout (Google Drive)

Melissa Walter, MPH, RDB, LDN
Program Specialist, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health

It can be challenging to find the time and energy to prepare healthy foods even on the best of days. For many of us, COVID-19 has added additional levels of stress—food sourcing, cleaning, storing and preparing safely can all be challenging and time-consuming. Join us to talk about ways to simplify, save time, and eat well while we choose and prepare foods that satisfy our COVID-19 cravings!

Culture of Health Virtual Art Show – Call for Submissions

Gillings Culture of Health wants to share your original art piece with the Gillings School Community.

UNC Gillings students, staff and faculty are welcome to submit works of any medium: painting, sketching, drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed media, textile, pottery. All visual art mediums are welcome.

Submissions will be accepted October 2 – October 23 at

Download our Submission Guidelines (PDF) for more information.

National Suicide Prevention Month Webinar

Understanding and Preventing Suicide: What you can do to help
Jodi Flick, LCSW, ACSW
Recorded Webinar (Zoom)
Presentation Slides (PDF)
Local Mental Health Resources (PDF)
Apex Cert Mental Health Resources (PDF)
Recommended Reading (PDF)

Mindful UNC Webinar

Cultivating Mindfulness and Racial Justice
Bibi Gnagno, JD
September 22, 3:30-5 p.m.

Gillings School and UNC coronavirus information portals

Culture of Health Classes moved online

Gentle Yoga with Gillings
Mondays – noon (30 minutes)
Wednesdays – noon (30 minutes)
Wednesdays – 5:15 p.m. (45 minutes)
Please contact if you would like to join a class.


For employees:
OHR Wellness Resources during COVID-19

For students:
Gillings Virtual Student Engagement
Free mindfulness resources (geared towards students but also great for non-students)
Graduate Students: Connect in a Social Wellness Meeting
Participate in a Virtual Wellness Circle
UNC CV19 Student Care Hub

For all:
The Mindfulness Center at UNC
Your Wellness Matters – 5 Tips for Wellness and Self-Care
Mindful UNC

Well Said Interview on reducing stress through mindfulness with husband, father, faculty member and full-time student, Kessonga Giscombé

Mindfulness Self-Compassion Sessions
In this time, which is so challenging for all of us, take a few moments to nurture yourself. The Well-Being Program, in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry, is offering free virtual 20-minute mindfulness sessions to reduce stress and foster strength and resilience.

8:00 a.m. – Tuesday, Thursday
12:15 p.m. – Monday, Wednesday, Friday
4:00 p.m. – Tuesday, Thursday

As you reach out in your compassion to others, make sure to give yourself care and compassion as well. You deserve it.
Contact Jennifer Tauber at for WebEx information, an Outlook invite or questions.

Downloadable apps (most have free features)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (and app)
Headspace app
Insight Timer app
Pzizz app
Sleep with Me podcasts

For children: Moshi Twilight

Physical Fitness
The UNC Wellness Center exercise videos
Campus Rec on-demand workouts, yoga apps and other wellness resources

Working from Home/Time Management

COVID-19 and Nutrition

Due to self-quarantines and social distancing, we thought it would be a great opportunity to answer some common food and nutrition questions related to our current food environment. Please read more (PDF) from Melissa Walter and Kate Sayre, LDNs in the Gillings School Nutrition Department.

Other Resources