It takes an average of 17 years from the time new knowledge is created in the lab until it becomes common practice in the field. With links to the academic departments within UNC Asheville and to dozens of community-based health and wellness providers and organizations, the Center is in a unique position to shorten the distance between discovery and effective implementation.
UNC Asheville recently joined Duke, East Carolina, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest universities as a member of the Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina University Collaborative. The group is working to optimize the impact of their combined knowledge and resources by partnering on obesity prevention grant proposals and research studies.
A UNC Asheville research team of faculty and students recently was awarded a $20,000 grant through the Center for Health & Wellness to study balance and fall risk in older adults. The group is studying how the body’s sense of how it is positioned affects balance and falls in the elderly. The team hopes to develop a yoga intervention to improve stability. The team is working with community partners at the N.C. Center for Creative Retirement, the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, and the Council on Aging of Buncombe County in the recruitment of participants, dissemination of study findings and development of fall-prevention programming.