Comedian to discuss safe sex, healthy relationships

Comedian Maria Falzone will present “Sex Rules!” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center at East Carolina University.

Falzone

                     Falzone

The interactive program will focus on healthy relationships, good judgment and the reality of sexually transmitted disease. Falzone uses personal stories to connect with students while sharing rules for safer sex. She will also reference the messages students receive from parents, society and the media regarding sexual health, and how these messages have shaped students as sexual beings.

Falzone has visited college campuses nationwide and has performed standup comedy on ABC, A&E, Showtime and TBS. She has also performed at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival.

Her free and public presentation coincides with other sexual responsibility programs being held on campus in February. The event is a Wellness Passport event. No tickets are required.

The presentation is sponsored by ECU’s Campus Recreation and Wellness, the Residence Hall Association and the Student Activities Board Initiatives program S.P.A.R.K. (Speakers Presenting and Advocating Real Knowledge).

For additional information, contact Krista L. Wilhelm with the Office of Student Activities and Organizations at (252) 328-4713.

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Guest lecturer to speak on adaptive evolution

An expert on adaptive evolution will speak at 4 p.m. Feb. 11 in Room C209 in the Science and Technology Center at East Carolina University.

MacManes

MacManes

Dr. Matthew MacManes, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, will deliver the free, public discussion.

He will discuss “Understanding Adaptive Evolution in the Cactus Mouse Peromyscus eremicus.

MacManes’ research focuses on the interplay between the genome and the traits it produces via interaction with the environment. His current projects include studies of the genomic basis of adaptation to arid environments in rodents, color pattern variation in poison frogs and parental care in birds.

Sponsors of MacManes’ visit include the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology and Dr. Kyle Summers, professor of biology and Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Council Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

For additional information on MacManes’ visit, contact Summers at 252-328-6304, or by email at summersk@ecu.edu. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the events.

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Mills Symposium set for Feb. 6

The 11th Jean Elaine Mills Annual Health Symposium, which focuses on health concerns and health equity issues plaguing minorities in eastern North Carolina, is set for Feb. 6 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University.

This year’s event will address new models for empowering personal and community health and will feature a presentation by Dr. L. Allen Dobson Jr., president and CEO of Community Care of North Carolina, the comprehensive network that manages health care delivery for the state’s Medicaid recipients and low-income insured residents.

The day-long symposium will also include sessions on creating community partnerships focused on the behavioral causes of obesity, improving outcomes among African- American women with Type 2 diabetes, innovative approaches to mental health issues for minority adolescents, community partnerships as portals to access, improving health through community engaged dental education and new models for empowering community and minority health.

Mills was an ECU alumna who died of breast cancer in 2000. Her brother, Amos T. Mills III, created the annual event to keep her spirit of discovery and community outreach alive.

The symposium is presented by the College of Allied Health Sciences in collaboration with the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, Inc. Health care providers, community leaders and representatives from faith-based organizations, as well as interested students, faculty and community residents are all invited to attend. To register visit http://go.ecu.edu/cb13b252.

 

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Pirates tackling heart disease during February

East Carolina University’s Division of Student Affairs will hold a number of events in February to raise awareness about heart health and heart disease during national Heart Health Month.

ECU Campus Recreation and Wellness will kick off the events with a Heart Health Extravaganza from 4 until 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Student Recreation Center. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit healthy stations to learn about stress, heart health, blood pressure and more. All student participants will be entered to win a FitBit wristband activity tracking device.

On Feb. 4 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Campus Wellness staff and students will distribute heart health information across campus. Campus Recreation and Wellness will join Campus Dining staff Feb. 9 and Feb. 12 to teach students about healthy food choices and portion sizes in West End and Todd dining halls.

On Feb. 6, all members of the ECU community will be urged to wear red for National Wear Red Day, as a sign of support for fighting heart disease. All those dressed in red will be asked to gather for a group photo at 12:15 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.

Shane Stephens

Shane Stephens

“When people wear the red, it’s a reminder that heart disease is a real disease,” said Shane Stephens, assistant director of wellness programs in Campus Recreation and Wellness. “The red will remind us to make the choices we need to make to fight this disease and live longer happier lives.

“Students don’t typically perceive heart disease as being dangerous because they think they are too young,” said Stephens, but the American Heart Association reports that one out of every three women die from heart disease or stroke. It’s still the number one killer in the country.

“We are creating awareness and helping our young women learn that today’s decisions about smoking, food choices and exercise can have positive or negative impacts later in life,” Stephens said.

For additional information about Heart Health Month visit the American Heart Association website (www.heart.org). For more on ECU events and programs, contact Shane Stephens, assistant director of wellness programs, at Stephenssh@ecu.edu or 252-737-4892.

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