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No ‘magic bullet’ to improve diet, stem obesity epidemic, nutrition study finds

July 14, 2011 Will people eat healthier foods if fresh fruits and vegetables are available in stores near their homes? Will they eat less fast food if restaurants are not in their neighborhoods?These and other policy interventions may be useful steps toward better public health, but no single approach alone effectively will improve Americans’ diets… Read more »

Eidenier Pearce, environmental justice advocate, attends White House briefing session

July 12, 2011 Emily Eidenier Pearce, doctoral student in health behavior and health education at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, participated in a White House Community Leaders Briefing Series session in Washington, D.C., on July 8. Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt recommended Eidenier Pearce for her public health advocacy and leadership in working… Read more »

HPM alumnae awarded CDC fellowships

July 12, 2011 Three recent alumnae of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s health policy and management department have received fellowships from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Rachele Bowman Elise Lockamy, MSPH Katie Byerly Rachele Bowman, who received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree in May 2010 and… Read more »

Children more stressed and depressed the longer their soldier parents are deployed

  July 11, 2011 The longer soldiers are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, the more likely their children are to be diagnosed with mental health issues, including depression, behavioral problems, anxiety and sleep disorders, a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows.The study, published online July 4 by Archives of Pediatrics… Read more »

Study: U.S. adults not just eating more, but more often

June 29, 2011 Over the past 30 years U.S. adults have been eating larger portions and eating more often, according to a new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.   The findings help illustrate that how Americans are eating contributes to the country’s obesity epidemic.   Dr. Barry Popkin “First, the… Read more »

Landfill air pollution may be as unhealthy as it is unpleasant, study finds

June 23, 2011 Despite increased regulations on municipal solid waste since 1990, many people who live near landfills continue to report health problems associated with foul odors, pests, polluted water and traffic. A new study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published online this month in Environmental Research, finds that potentially hazardous… Read more »

Alumni Association selects new officers

June 17, 2011 Priscilla Guild, MSPH The Governing Board of the School’s Alumni Association appointed new officers at their June 10 quarterly meeting. Priscilla Guild, MSPH ’71 (BIOS) will be the new President.   Guild will move from her current position on the Executive Committee as At-Large Representative to assume her the position of President-Elect… Read more »

HPM alumna receives Fulbright to teach in Colombia

June 15, 2011 Emma Din Emma Din, a May 2011 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Cali, Colombia, from July 2011 to May 2012. Din, from Atlanta, double-majored in health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and international… Read more »

Smoke-free outdoor spaces are widespread on North Carolina college campuses

June 10, 2011 A new UNC School of Medicine survey of all North Carolina colleges shows that outdoor college smoking prevention policies are now in effect at 88 percent of North Carolina’s colleges and universities (97 of 110). All UNC system and North Carolina Community College System campuses now have smoke-free buildings. Joseph Lee “These… Read more »

Cilenti named interim health director for Orange County

  June 08, 2011 Dr. Dorothy Cilenti Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, has been named interim health director for Orange County, N.C., until the Orange County Board of Health identifies a permanent replacement for former director Dr. Rosemary Summers, who retired May 31.   Cilenti is deputy director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH),… Read more »