The Medical, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Schools at the University of Georgia hosted the first annual Two Hearts, One Health 5k and Health Fair on April 4, 2015 at the UGA Intramural Fields.
This event promoted the One Health Initiative, which seeks to encourage the interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation of physicians, veterinarians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, and other professionals within the health community. By having open communication among these professions, we are capable of accelerating medical research, enhancing public health efficacy, expanding the scientific knowledge base, and improving medical education and clinical care.
It was this opportunity to inspire health in all species that encouraged the American Heart Association, the Obesity Initiative at UGA, and the UGA Health Sciences to host an event to not only enhance communication between these professional schools, but to also provide an opportunity to educate and involve the public about integrative medicine. The goal of this event was to increase awareness regarding the prevention of obesity and living healthy lifestyles in humans and animals alike.
50% of the proceeds were donated to the American Heart Association, a non-profit organization that helps families and communities lead heart-healthy lifestyles. The remainder was used to fund future events and opportunities for inter-professional education.
We had Joan Prittie, Director of Project Safe, come speak to us for our January meeting. She opened our eyes to less common signs of domestic abuse which made us want to do our part helping with what they are doing in our local community. They always accept donations of clothes, furniture, etc. at their thrift store on Hawthorne Avenue, and they take monetary donations online.