Culture of Health
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;
- Share your knowledge and skills by leading healthy living classes or activities – contact email@example.com; and
- Experiment with eight easy recipes for delicious, healthy snacks.
We hope you’ll join in on the challenge!
A Letter from Culture of Health
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Gillings School and UNC coronavirus information portals
Gentle Yoga with Gillings
Mondays – noon (30 minutes)
Wednesdays – noon (30 minutes)
Wednesdays – 5:15 p.m. (45 minutes)
Please contact email@example.com if you would like to join a class.
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
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 Jennifer_Tauber@med.unc.edu for WebEx information, an Outlook invite or questions.
For children: Moshi Twilight
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.