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Program Provides Free Health Screenings for Seniors

Hundreds of Charlotte seniors will receive detailed screenings and critical health interventions through the Department of Kinesiology’s Health Risk Assessment Lab as part of a new program funded by the Sharon Towers Continuing Care Retirement Community.

A donation of more than $150,000 from Sharon Towers will pay for four graduate assistants and equipment for health risk assessments in Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation senior and multigenerational centers. The new assistants will join two already working in senior centers across the county.

"An exciting aspect of the free program is that it includes at-risk populations in greater Charlotte who may not otherwise have immediate access to such services," said Scott Gordon, chair of the UNC Charlotte Department of Kinesiology. "Our goal is to provide individualized feedback and education to all participants concerning their health risk numbers, and then reduce their risk through an exercise program or referral to their physicians when necessary."

Model UN Offers Opportunities to Learn, Volunteer

Students participating in UNC Charlotte’s Model United Nations this fall are finding increased opportunities to compete nationally and internationally, as well as options for volunteering in the local community.

Model UN simulates the United Nations in an academic environment. Students who join the Model UN program engage in activities such as mock debates to prepare for competitions where they represent countries and attend embassy and committee briefings. Model UN also gives students the opportunity to practice their research skills and argumentation skills.

"Becoming global citizens who know and care about their world enriches their lives in countless ways," said Cindy Combs, faculty advisor and a professor in the Political Science and Public Administration Department. "They want others to understand the value of their Model UN experience."