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Sept. 26, 2002 -- No. 512

New School of Public Health program promotes ‘active living’; grand opening is Monday

Monday (Sept. 30), 11 a.m.

Lumina Theater, 620 Market St., Southern Village

Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health’s Active Living by Design program will celebrate its grand opening Monday (Sept. 30).

Active Living by Design, a $16.5-million national program established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, aims to establish and evaluate innovative approaches that support active living. The UNC-based program will award grants up to $200,000 to 25 community-oriented partnerships nationwide to design environments and transportation systems conducive to physical activity.

Media representatives are welcome at the invitation-only event, which will feature remarks by:

· U.S. Rep. David Price.

· Dr. Bill Roper, dean of the UNC School of Public Health.

· Mike McGinnis, senior vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

· D.R. Bryan, president of Bryan Properties, developer of Southern Village.

· Rich Killingsworth, director of Active Living by Design.

Immediately following these remarks, invitees will take guided tours of Southern Village, ending with a community showcase and lunch at the Christ United Methodist Church.

Active Living symposium: At 5:15 p.m. Monday, Active Living by Design will host a symposium at the UNC School of Public Health. The symposium, to be held in the Rosenau Auditorium (133 Rosenau Hall), will feature Dr. Reid Ewing, director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers and one of the nation’s top city planning and transportation researchers. Ewing will discuss his research on the relationships between urban form and public health outcomes. Speakers representing UNC and North Carolina State University will respond to his presentation.

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Active Living by Design contact: Mark Dessauer, (919) 843-3077 or mark_dessauer@unc.edu

School of Public Health contact:
Lisa Katz, (919) 966-7467 or lisa_katz@unc.edu

News Services contact: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415