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Healthy UNH Celebrates National Public Health Week 2011 April 4 – April 8

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
March 30, 2011

Embracing the motto that knowing is half the battle, Healthy UNH is celebrating National Public Health Week (April 4-8) with a series of educational sessions focused around this year’s theme, “Safety is No Accident.”

According to the American Public Health Association, nearly 150,000 people die every year from injuries sustained in a mishap—a fall or a sports-related injury, for example. Approximately 30 million people are hurt badly enough to require emergency room treatment.

Using the proper equipment, wearing a helmet, safely storing dangerous cleaning agents or chemicals, keeping stairs clutter-free and using seatbelts are just some of the ways to be proactive in preventing injuries.

The following presentations offer useful safety tips.

Monday, April 4:

Transportation Safety: The Surprising Benefits of the Bicycle
Brent Bell, Kinesiology, MUB Theater 1, 1-2 p.m.

A look at bicycling through comparisons to other transportation options, providing specific information on behaviors that can lead to safer cycling.

Identifying At-Risk Students and Employees
David Cross, Counseling Center, MUB Theater 1, 2-3:30 p.m.

How to identify the signs and cues for suicide and homicide prevention, know what resources are available on campus for dealing with at-risk individuals, and who to call in an emergency.

Tuesday, April 5:

Public health fair
A health and wellness fair highlighting campus organizations, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., MUB Union Court.

Wednesday, April 6:

Dealing with Workplace Violence and Emergencies
Paul Dean, UNH Police, MUB 334/336, noon -1p.m.

Educate yourself on how UNH prepares for bomb threats, acts of violence, and weather-related emergencies.

American Heart Association National Start! Walking Day
Whittemore Center Carpenter Plaza, noon-1p.m.

A lunchtime walk in support of the American Heart Association’s National Start! Walking Day. Employees are encouraged to take at least 30 minutes of their day to walk. This event is weather permitting.

Ergonomics and Workplace Safety
Brian Cournoyer, Environmental Health and Safety,MUB Theater 1, 2-3 p.m.

Explore traditional and recent models of workplace safety. Focus is on recognizing hazards, identifying unsafe behaviors that can lead to accidents, and safety program development, including ergonomics.

Thursday, April 7:

Risk and the Human Experience
Kinesiology 444 students, MUB Theater 2, 1-2 p.m.

A discussion on risks associated with daily activities. Do the effects of drinking and drug use differ amongst college athletes versus non-athlete college students? Does the mind have the ability to overcome physical pain?

Home Safety
Steve McCusker, Durham Fire Department, MUB Theater 2, 2-3 p.m.

An overall look at home fire safety as it pertains to preparing for, and escaping from, fire and smoke emergencies. Actual stories and situations will be described. 

Friday, April 8

Workplace Exercise to Avoid Injury
Linda Hayden, MUB 334/336, noon-1 p.m.

A look at why movement is necessary for good health, and ways to incorporate it into your day, helping you to stop making excuses, lead a healthier life, and avoid costly injuries at work.

Healthy UNH is an initiative stemming from President Mark Huddleston’s office, working to make UNH the healthiest campus community in the country by 2020. For more information, visit http://www.unh.edu/healthyunh/.

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