First Family Health Night highlights local resources

Erin Roberts encourages a mood wheel maker

Erin Roberts helps a mood wheel maker. (Contributed photos)

Using pedal power to make a smoothie on the blender bike. Creating a mood wheel to share feelings. Discovering composting, or “worm food.” Plus blood pressure checks, grocery shopping tips and healthy portion guides.

More than 100 local families got a healthy start to the new year, thanks to ECU’s College of Health and Human Performance.

Family Health Night, held Jan. 8 at the South Greenville Recreation Center, connected Pitt County families with organizations including Cooking Matters, ECU Community School Community Garden, ECU Family Therapy Clinic, Greene County Health Care Neighborhood Services, NC Cooperative Extension, Pitt County Cooperative Extension, and 4-H Youth Development.

“There are so many incredible community partners in Pitt County that make a difference for our families,” said Angela Lamson, associate dean for research in the College of Health and Human Performance and organizer of the event. “Often, though, families don’t know about the resources right in their backyard. This Family Health Night is a great way to introduce them and I hope tonight was just the first of many.”

Natalie Richardson, ECU doctoral student in medical family therapy, also facilitated the event. Nicole Manigo, recreation supervisor of the South Greenville Recreation Center, helped organize the space for the event.

Check out this video of Family Health Night by Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry, ECU College of Education.

The blender bike is at work making a smoothie. Isaiah Lubben talks about growing health snacks and composting with a future gardener.

Left, the blender bike is at work making a smoothie; right, Isaiah Lubben talks about growing health snacks and composting with a future gardener.

 

-by Kelly Rusk, University Communications