Health Behavior News

Community shows heart health through photo research project

October 5, 2015 People in at-risk communities see heart health as more than just physical health according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health that was published Oct. 1 in Preventing Chronic Disease. “The project really illustrated how community members feel about cardiovascular health,” said… Read more »

Student-led fitness program helps UNC staffers to improve health

October 1, 2015 UNC Fitness Breaks is a student- and volunteer-led worksite wellness program for the housekeeping and groundskeeping staffs at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program, which encourages individuals to adopt an active lifestyle, provides 10- to15-minute fitness sessions to help staff members avoid injury by building muscle strength and… Read more »

Seven new Royster Fellows join Gillings School

September 22, 2015 This news story is adapted from the original article by Carolina Chronicle. Each fall, new students bring their unique perspectives to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC Graduate School’s Royster Society of Fellows works to attract exceptionally talented graduate students from around the world to add their points… Read more »

A first step in overhauling cardiovascular risk prediction

September 22, 2015 An editorial published in the September issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes lauded a recent research study for pursuing the challenging task of examining limitations to the current cardiovascular disease (CVD) events risk estimator. Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, is an adjunct professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »

UNC Lineberger grant application earns NCI’s highest recognition

September 20, 2015 The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned an “exceptional” rating from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a major grant application associated with the center’s multidisciplinary research. The rating was given to UNC Lineberger’s application to the NCI for renewal of a five-year grant that supports multidisciplinary research and shared scientific… Read more »

Co-prescribing opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines can impact overdose mortality, study finds

September 17, 2015 Mortality risk from opioid overdose has previously been measured in terms of thresholds of risk. Four scientists linked to the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors on a new cohort study finding that dose-dependent opioid overdose risk among patients does not show evidence of a distinct risk threshold. Nabarun… Read more »

Beauty is a balancing act – new study brings falls-prevention education to NC hair salons

September 17, 2015 According to the North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health, falls are the leading cause of injury among North Carolinians ages 65 and older. In 2013, falls resulted in 17,861 hospitalizations and 820 deaths across the state. Falls are the leading cause of emergency room… Read more »

Gillings School boasts two of four Hettleman Prize winners

September 10, 2015 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members Wizdom Powell, PhD, associate professor of health behavior, and Jason Surratt, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering, have been awarded the University of North Carolina’s Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. Powell and Surratt… Read more »

Fisher highlights efficacy of peer support approaches to public health problems

September 9, 2015 On Aug. 24, Annals of Family Medicine published a special Peers for Progress supplement featuring eleven articles that address the reach, implementation and adoption of peer support for patients with diabetes and other health challenges. Edwin B. Fisher, PhD, is a professor of health behavior at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of… Read more »

Vaccination Confidence Scale identifies parents at risk for refusing adolescent vaccines, study finds

September 3, 2015 In the United States, there is a sizable minority of parents who have concerns that lead them to refuse or delay certain vaccines for their children. The most common concerns include fears about long-term adverse effects, believing the vaccine is not truly needed and uncertainty about effectiveness. Assessing parents’ vaccination beliefs is… Read more »