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Athens, Ga. - What do playgrounds, school lunches, vaccinations, sidewalks and wheelchair ramps have in common? They all contribute to a community's ability to help its residents get healthy and stay healthy, sometimes called a culture of health.

At the State of Public Health Conference held at UGA on Sept. 10, UGA's College of Public Health and J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development unveiled a joint initiative designed to engage community leaders in creating and sustaining a culture of health in their communities.

Leadership Journey — a personal leadership opportunity for graduate students, young professionals and the young-at-heart — is now accepting applications for a November 6-7 retreat.

The two-day, one-night retreat includes a five-mile trek through the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains and an overnight stay at the Len Foote Hike Inn.

The Rotary Club of Athens awarded Delene Porter, faculty member at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, its 2014 Project Leadership Award for outstanding service and leadership in supporting various club projects.

“Quietly, behind the scenes, Delene works extremely hard to make sure our projects are successful … and more importantly, funded,” said David Hamilton, 2013-2014 Rotary Club president, in an email. “She cheerfully participates in the hands-on component of projects, including jumping in Lake Chapman in February for our annual PlungeFest fundraiser.”