UNC Family Medicine Partners with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Triangle on Healthy Child Initiative

On Sept. 19, a team from UNC Family Medicine worked alongside staff and volunteers from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Triangle to provide an array of health-related services to children, mentors and families who attended the annual back-to-school picnic.

UNC Family Medicine Partners with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Triangle on Healthy Child Initiative click to enlarge Members of the Family Medicine Team
UNC Family Medicine Partners with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Triangle on Healthy Child Initiative click to enlarge An information table at the event

More than 175 people from the area were registered for the event, and each registrant was invited to complete a five question survey about their health. Questions were crafted to learn more about the individual’s access to primary care services, exercise, nutrition and tobacco use. In addition, biometric screenings in the form of BMI and blood pressure were offered, and participants received educational materials on healthy eating, exercise and/or tobacco cessation. Data from the event will be analyzed to help develop next steps for the Healthy Child Initiative. UNC Family Medicine provided input on the questionnaire, suggestions on tracking the data, and pediatric blood pressure cuffs!

Family Medicine would like to thank everyone who helped make this day a success including special thanks for Liska Lackey, Shavonda Thomas, Barbara Silver, Barbara’s intern Nikki, Kevin Tate, Caroline Mullin, Todd Meath, Keyona Oni, and Smokey Hay.