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Sam Odom: Hometown Hero

Sam Odom is Friday’s Hometown Hero. Sam is the director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. About the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute: “The mission of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) is to enhance the lives of children and families through interdisciplinary research, technical assistance, professional development, and implementation science. FPG generates knowledge, informs policies, and supports practices to promote positive developmental and educational outcomes for children of all backgrounds and abilities from the earliest years.” Find out more about the institute and their upcoming events. The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute...

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The Challenge is Complete

The 2016 Healthiest You Challenge Finale was held tonight at the UNC Wellness Center in Meadowmont. Sixty-four challengers and their coaches gathered to learn the final results of this six week program. The group lost 359.4 pounds and 547.67  inches.  In addition, for this group, during the last 6 weeks, systolic blood pressure went down 478 points and diastolic blood pressure went down 303 points.   All of these things were part of an elaborate point system designed by Jamy McGee and her team at the UNC Wellness Center to help participants try new things and form new habits that would help them...

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Eileen Ferrell: Hometown Hero

Eileen Ferrell is Wednesday’s Hometown Hero. Eileen is executive director of the Strowd-Roses Foundation. Their main mission is to add to the culture of the community.  They also provide money to needs in the community by providing grants. From the Strowd-Roses website: “We fund local nonprofits and projects that improve the quality of life for residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We also provide for the on-going maintenance and care of the Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden, a free and public space in Chapel Hill.” Learn more about applying for grants from...

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Scott Stankavage: Hometown Hero

Scott Stankavage is Wednesday’s Hometown Hero. Scott was a quarterback at Carolina back in the early 80’s.  He played for three different teams in the NFL. About 3 years ago, Scott was diagnosed with leukemia.  Since then, he’s been fighting hard and not only for himself.  He’s raising money to help fight the disease in every way he can. A fundraising campaign is underway on behalf of Scott Stankavage.  John Aluise is leading the effort. From the fundraising page: “Scott’s untimely diagnosis of Leukemia occurred while he was the father of three children under the age of 4. Despite this...

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