Nutrition Webinar

COVID Coping: Eating well and Eating Easy
June 24, 1 – 2 p.m., Zoom
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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!

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,

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

Gillings School and UNC coronavirus information portals

Culture of Health Classes moved online

Gentle Yoga with Gillings
Tuesdays – 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays – 5:15 p.m.
Thursdays – noon
Please contact if you would like to join a class.

New! Intro to Qi Gong
Discover how to boost your well-being through Qi Gong.
Join us for two, 30-minute Introduction to Qi Gong Classes this Summer.
Tuesday, June 2, noon
Tuesday, July 7, noon
Register online.


For employees:
OHR Wellness Resources during COVID-19

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)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (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.

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:

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  • 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!

A staff member works out at their desk.

Reserve a Wellness Consult and burn calories at your desk.

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)

Other Resources