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Dr. Erik Willis named as new Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group director

January 9, 2024

Dr. Erik Willis, PhD, has been promoted to Director of the Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Dr. Willis received his Doctorate in Exer … Read more


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2022 Year Recap

December 22, 2022

With 2022 coming to an end, we want to reflect on the incredible work HPDP researchers, Community Advisors, and staff have done in the past year. From celebrating milestones in environmental justice, … Read more


The mural spans two walls. On the back wall, a woman stands in profile with a long braid down her back and seeds and grasses woven into the braid. On the long wall to the right, another woman with long hair reaches out over the ground with her hand facing down, dropping seeds into the earth. Behind her is a rainbow.

Q and A with HPDP mural artist Isabel Lu

June 13, 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, HPDP decided to create a welcoming outdoor meeting space outside of our offices. To transform the space, we partnered with UNC Arts Everywhere to commission a mur … Read more