The Center is dedicated to advancing safe, healthy, and productive families and communities. It promotes strategies that widen the circle of supports around families and communities.
Our mission is to improve the well-being of the family through programs that educate, influence public policy, and help families put research-based knowledge to work in their lives. See also Family and Consumer Sciences.
Nutrition education program for limited-resource families and youth eligible for WIC and other federal food supplement programs.
The foundation of our society is the family. Many of Extension's programs provide families with research-based answers to their day-to-day challenges. Extension is ready with answers on controlling household insects, protecting well-water, managing a family budget, helping families improve their eating habits or dealing with the special concerns related to early childhood, parenting or aging.
The North Carolina Family-Centered Meetings Project develops, delivers and evaluates training on family involvement in child welfare decision-making. This training on "family-centered meetings" is provided to those North Carolina counties that are participating in the Multiple Response System initiative.
Artistic and athletic competitions to encourage health and wellness in people 55 and better. North Carolina Senior Games (NCSG) involves over 55,000 adults ages 55+ in year round programs in all counties in the state. Competitions are held in 50 athletic events and four "Silver Arts" areas—visual arts, literary arts, performing arts and heritage arts. Through 53 local Senior Games, about 3,000 participants qualify for the State Finals in Raleigh. About 200 undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management volunteer each year to help with the state finals.
NCSG originated in 1982 in response to a request from the NC Division of Aging, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management became an original coordinating agency. The program has emerged as a model Senior Games program for the nation. Participants report increasing physical activity, improving nutritional patterns, strengthening social networks, improving their quality of life and motivating them to be more active.
The mission of the Department of Clinical Sciences is to:
- Prepare veterinarians and veterinary specialists to use their knowledge and skills to improve patient care, add value to their business or institution, strengthen their communities and preserve the environment.
- Make and publicize new discoveries to prevent, diagnose and treat disease in companion animals, horses, laboratory animals, aquatic species and wildlife.
- Provide cutting-edge diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures, compassionate patient care and quality service to our referring veterinarians and clients.
- Earn the respect and support of our stakeholders, especially clients of our hospital, veterinary practitioners, animal-loving individuals, related businesses and industries, NC State University and the North Carolina legislature.