Charlotte, NC – The Mecklenburg County Health Department is a constant and strong presence in the lives of Mecklenburg County residents in many ways all year long. But its breadth and depth often goes unnoticed unless services are needed or a health risk is identified.
Throughout April, the Health Department, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and other health related agencies will mark April as Public Health Month with awareness activities, events, clinics and reminders of its service to the residents of Mecklenburg County.
Some of the events and highlights during the month include:
- The first ever Health Department Youth Nutrition/Physical Activity Council has started its work.
- Pizza Gardens at local elementary schools will begin plantings with a media event tentatively planned for Cotswold Elementary on Friday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. For a full list of schools and how you can learn more about planting your own garden, visit http://mcfvc.charmeck.org.
- Faithful to the Call 5k Walk & Run will start at Johnson C. Smith University at 8 a.m. and end at the McCrorey YMCA for Healthy Kids Activities on Saturday, April 16; for more information go to http://www.faithfultothecall.com/v2/registration.php.
- UNCC Public Health Month events will be held throughout April; for information on these events go to http://publichealth.uncc.edu.
- The North Carolina Public Health Accreditation site visit will occur April 5 through 7. This is the second time the Health Department will be eligible to be accredited by the North Carolina Commission on Public Health Accreditation. The site visit team will visit facilities and review policies to protect the public health. The Health Department is currently accredited and will learn of its reaccreditation sometime in late summer.
- TRU (anti-smoking) Youth Summit will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Harding High School. The summit will focus on leadership skills and attacking prevention issues around healthy living. More than 125 high school youth are set to attend.
“Each year, the Health Department serves over 200,000 residents in our clinics, administers over 6,000 flu shots, does almost 10,000inspections, and conducts events or workshops for 200 or more groups. The critical service we provide often goes on without fanfare or notice, yet without it the health of many people would be at risk,” said Wynn Mabry, M.D., Mecklenburg County health director. “Our goal is to make this community a safer, healthier place to live, work and recreate for our citizens, and we do so with great pride.”
For more information about the Health Department, events and services please go to www.meckhealth.org.