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Public Health Expert Richard Jackson to Speak

Urban sprawl, a lack of green spaces and roads unsafe for pedestrians are among the common aspects of the "built environment" harmful to public health, according to national expert Richard Jackson.

A leading voice in the movement to shape "built environment" with an emphasis on public health, Jackson will present "We Are What We Build – Building for Health" at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 8, at UNC Charlotte Center City. The talk is for the annual Blue Cross Blue Shield Dialogue for a Healthier Charlotte and is organized by the College of Health and Human Services and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.

The April 8 talk "We Are What We Build – Building for Health" is free and open to the public; however RSVPs are requested. This event also coincides with National Public Health Week, which is April 6 - 12.

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and on April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates "Light It Up Blue" in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day.

The UNC Charlotte campus will have blue lights on our Dickson Gate entrance as part of this event as a global community raises awareness of autism and recognizes individuals with autism for their unique talents and gifts. Thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe will unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals around the world with autism.