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The SPH Happiness and Wellness Initiative: Happiness Resources

Some Good News

Our Happiness and Wellness Initiative shares "some good news" from the SPH and our extended community. You can submit your own good news by email to

Fall Sunrise_Acadia National Park_Photographer Hongjie Liu

Self-Care Through Photography

Hongjie Liu, chair of epidemiology and biostatistics, relieves stress and cares for his health through nature photography.

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Transforming a Yard Into an Edible Landscape and Food Forest

Transforming a Yard Into an Edible Landscape and Food Forest

Sacoby Wilson, an associate professor in the Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health, is transforming his academic knowledge and social justice work into his own backyard. Read more on what Sacoby has done to provide the food needs for his family and what he has planned to fully utilize the entire yard in ways that intersect with food justice; food, energy and water nexus; food and land as culture; food sovereignty and more. 

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Pictures on wall of foster dogs with their names.

Helping Foster Dogs Prepare for Their Forever Homes

Gymkana Director Josh Montfort ‘93, MS ‘96, UMD Senate Director Reka Montfort ‘99 and their family have fostered 65 dogs since March 2019. Pet parenting took on new meaning during the pandemic when they welcomed seven puppies into their home and their fostering turned into adoption. Their newest love is a 16 week old puppy named Tucker.

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