College of Health and Human Services Hosting Fifth Annual Health Week April 9-13

Monday, April 02, 2018

The College of Health and Human Services is preparing for the biggest Health Week in its five-year history, offering 30 events over the course of the week including an outdoor boxing boot camp, first-aid courses and yoga sessions.

“We hope to raise awareness of health and human service issues and to provide a forum for faculty, staff, students and community members to come together to learn about and discuss issues of importance to our community and world,” said Charles Hardy, dean of College of Health and Human Services. More than 1,500 attendees are expected on campus at events throughout the week.

The week kicks off on Monday, April 9 with the annual Research and Innovation Day, featuring a keynote lecture from international scholar Karin Weman-Josefsson of Hamsted University in Sweden. Weman-Josefsson will discuss challenges within the Swedish healthcare system, describe strategies the country uses to address health and sustainable health behaviors and share lessons she has learned as a university researcher working with industrial partners to develop innovative, digital health promotion services.

On Tuesday, April 10 keynote speaker Nick Buettner will lead the CHHS Health Transformation Series with his presentation on The Blue Zone of Longevity: What Does It Take to Live Longer? The series is the result of community partnerships with Cape Fear Community College and Brunswick Community College.

The week will conclude with an Intergenerational Campus Walk. The Gerontology Department has reached out to area retirement communities to invite residents to join faculty, staff, students and children from Pine Valley Elementary School for a refreshing walk throughout campus.

All events are open to the public and registration is not required unless otherwise noted. Review the full schedule of events for more information.

--Matt Stephenson ’20M