Take part in the Relay for Life cancer walk

Relay for Life 2018 posterCPH students, faculty, and staff are invited to register or form a team for this year’s Relay for Life cancer walk on Saturday, April 7, at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.

Learn more: RelayForLife.org/JohnsonCountyIA

Join or donate to the College of Public Health team: bit.ly/CPHrelay18

There’s also an opportunity to join planning committees for the event. If you’re interested in helping, please contact:

Christy Manternach | Senior Manager, State Health Systems
North Region | American Cancer Society, Inc.
4080 First Avenue NE Suite 101
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: 319.866.7108

Food drive, blood drive results are in

Thanks to everyone who took part in the donation events  sponsored by the CPH Student Association in November and December!

Here are the results:

Crisis Center Food Bank Drive

  • Staff: 156 lbs
  • Students: 155 lbs
  • Faculty: 108 lbs
  • TOTAL = 419 lbs

CPH Blood Drive

28 donors were registered and 24 units of blood were collected, beating the goal of getting 25 donors. This was the most successful CPH blood drive yet!

Food drive for the Crisis Center runs through Dec. 15

College of Public Health faculty, staff, and students are invited to donate to the Crisis Center Food Bank Fundraiser December 1-15. Donations may be placed in bins on the first floor of the College of Public Health Building during these weeks.

This year, the College of Public Health Student Ambassadors are leading the drive and are encouraging a friendly competition between students, faculty, and staff. Please make sure when donating you place items in your respective bin. Members of the ROTC organization will be collecting and weighing donations to keep track of the competition. The winning group will receive special recognition and bragging rights for the year.

Also, please see additional details about the 3rd Annual Last Dash Food Bank Fundraiser at the Mill.

Thank you and good luck!

Top Ten Needed Donations
Financial Donations
Toilet Paper
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Canned Fruit & 100% Fruit Juice
Pastas & Rice
Canned Vegetables
Hearty Soups & Stews
Baby Diapers (all sizes)
Baby Formula & Food
Laundry Detergent

CPH Graduate Student Ambassadors
Kurayi Mahachi
Wensday Worth
Lexie Finer
Virgil Blu Jackson
Samuel Pang
Lexi Pratt
Seamus Taylor
Monisa Saravanan
Kyra Sorenson
Loralyn Werkmeister

Bao to talk about link between plastic containers, obesity at Science Cafe

A portrait of Assistant Professor Wei Bao of the Department of Epidemiology in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Wei Bao, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology, will present “The Link Between Plastic Food Containers and Obesity” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Everybody’s Whole Foods in Fairfield, Iowa.

His talk is part of the Science Cafe series sponsored by the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center and UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.

Be Kind: Join in Random Acts of Kindness Week

random acts of kindness bannerThe College of Public Health Student Association (CPHSA) invites you to join the movement of spreading kindness and positivity around the college! The UI CPH Random Acts of Kindness Week runs October 23-27.

A Random Act of Kindness is a simple yet significant gesture that can really make someone’s day. This could mean writing notes of encouragement to students studying hard in the commons. It could be buying coffee for the next person in line. It could be running an errand for a busy friend or writing a sincere thank you note to your professor or advisor. Here are some more examples of acts of kindness you could do: http://www.bradaronson.com/acts-of-kindness/

Whatever gestures you decide to do, be sure to share it with others both in person with a note and on social media using the hashtag #CPHActsOfKindness and @randomacts.org to be a part of National Random Acts of Kindness organization’s mission and movement.

The most important things to remember are to be creative and spread some kindness because it does make a difference!

CPHSA members celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week by providing free bagels for students
CPHSA members celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week by providing free bagels for students