Adding a wrinkle to National Public Health Week



By Jaylon Thompson

UGA’s Public Health Association is adding sizzle to a hot issue.

This week, the group did something unusual for National Public Health Week. The group hosted a tailgate in front of Scott Hall to bring awareness to several health issues. Activities included games like corn hole, frisbee, and badminton– all used to help students get active and healthy. However, the activities didn’t stop there.

Several students were also educated on how to cope with stress and how to establish a nutritious lifestyle. In return, they were treated to healthy snacks like vegetables, fruits and grains. Each food represented different nutrients needed to live a healthy life.

Julia Turner attended the event and found it beneficial for surviving the final weeks of the semester.

“I think that it is really important to build community between people and public health. Especially in this time of the year, because everybody is dealing with a lot of academic pressure.”

The group treasurer Scarlet Velazquez agrees with Turner. She also added that another reason for the tailgate was to bridge the gap between the community and public health.

“Public health is all about the whole,” Velazquez said. “It’s all about population health.”

National Public Health week runs from April 4th- April 1oth. UGA Public Health plans on putting on more programs like tailgates in the coming days.

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