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October Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

During the month of October, UNC Charlotte will hold events to raise awareness about issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault and to promote healthy relationships.

Through Thursday, Oct. 6, participants can paint their nails purple, the official color of domestic violence awareness month, and learn how to identify an unhealthy relationship at an information table located at Prospector. On Thursday, Oct. 13, Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. will host "Help Carry the Weight," a demonstration modeled after the activism and art of Emma Sulkowicz. In 2012, after a violent sexual encounter, Sulkowicz, then a student at Columbia University, carried her dorm mattress around campus in response to the university’s failure to acknowledge her assault.

Click here to learn more about other events scheduled on campus.

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."