A Letter from Culture of Health

Dear Friends,

We are sad to have to cancel in-person classes for the next few weeks, but we are happy to offer three 30-minute gentle yoga online classes at the following times:

Gentle Yoga
Tuesdays – 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays – 5:15 p.m.
Thursdays – noon
Please contact rcerny@email.unc.edu if you would like to join a class.

We also wanted to share some apps/online resources which are available to help ease stress of all kinds, please try some of these out if you aren’t already familiar with them and we hope you will pursue moments of indoor and/or outdoor physical activity within the current recommendations of social distancing.

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:

For employees:

For students:
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

Downloadable apps (most have free features)
Calm.com (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

Also, for employees who haven’t worked from home often, our free LinkedIn Learning accounts give us access to some helpful tips on time management and overcoming some of the challenges: https://software.sites.unc.edu/linkedin/

Last but certainly not least, please stay informed through the Gillings School and UNC coronavirus information portals:

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

Penny Slade-Sawyer and the rest of
The Culture of Health Team
Rhoda Cerny
Deshana Cabasan-Hunte
Maija Leff
Julie McManus
Amber Meads
Linda Mitchell
Kate Sayre
Melissa Walter

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, and we’ve nearly let that fact slip by in the wake of COVID-19, 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 from Melissa Walter and Kate Sayre, LDNs in the Gillings School Nutrition Department.

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:

  • Read more about the launch of the initiative on Dean Rimer’s blog;
  • Participate in the regularly-scheduled community activities listed below;
  • Encourage your peers to use our employee and student health resources (PDFs);
  • Share your knowledge and skills by leading healthy living classes or activities; and
  • Experiment with eight easy recipes for delicious, healthy snacks.

We hope you’ll join in on the challenge!

Culture of Health Comes to You

New in 2019, enjoy the benefits of Culture of Health classes right at your desk! Individuals or small groups can request short, personalized sessions led in their workspaces. Burn calories with desk exercises, manage stress with mindful meditation, or get nutrition and physical activity guidance to meet your wellness goals.

Appointments are available Mondays and Tuesdays and led by Penny Slade-Sawyer. Select a Wellness Consult to get started.

Book your session now.

Spring 2020 Culture of Health Classes

Mindful Relaxation
Cancelled for the remainder of spring semester due to university adverse condition response to the coronavirus
0003 Michael Hooker Research Center
Mondays, 12:30-1 p.m.
Tuesdays, 12:30-1 p.m.

Just Walk!
Cancelled for the remainder of spring semester due to university adverse condition response to the coronavirus
Meet at the Pittsboro Street entrance to McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Mondays, 10:30-11 a.m.
Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.

Cancelled for the remainder of spring semester due to university adverse condition response to the coronavirus
Mondays, 11:30 a.m. – noon (0003 Michael Hooker Research Center)
Wednesdays, 12:30 – 1 p.m. (2304 McGavran-Greenberg)
Thursdays, 5:15 – 6 p.m. (2304 McGavran-Greenberg)

Triangle Resources Map

This interactive map displays recreation locations around the Triangle area (trails, parks, fitness centers, etc.).

Fitness Inspiration

See examples of the many ways the Gillings School community keeps fit in a photo essay from Carolina Public Health magazine.

Walking Maps

Plan a walking meeting or take a short break with timed walking maps for routes around UNC Gillings (PDF) or check out the walking stations available in 132 Rosenau!


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