Nutrition News

GO NAP SACC, initiative to improve children’s health habits, to be piloted in 5 states

September 30, 2015 Go NAP SACC is an online tool that helps child-care programs in North Carolina foster healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), which administers the program, has selected to pilot it over the next… Read more »

Review finds global trends in food consumption impact cardiovascular disease

September 28, 2015 More than 80 percent of cardiovascular disease deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. There are few data, however, on the impact of diet on cardiovascular disease in these countries. In May 2014, the World Heart Federation consensus conference met in Ontario, Canada. Global scholars in the field worked to create an… 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 »

Serving up ‘Food for All': Ammerman co-leads UNC’s two-year food theme

September 9, 2015 This article, by Susan Hudson, originally appeared in UNC’s University Gazette. It is modified slightly and reposted here with permission. As far as steering committee co-chairs Marcie Cohen Ferris, PhD, and Alice Ammerman, DrPH, are concerned, UNC’s food theme is [pardon the pun] organic to the campus. “We don’t see this as… Read more »

Open House at Gillings Global Gateway™ introduces breadth of School’s global activities

September 2, 2015 More than 80 students and faculty members visited the official launch of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Gillings Global Gateway™ on Aug. 27 to learn about the School’s global health activities and network with others interested in public health around the world. Cathlene Webster, first-year student in health behavior, said… Read more »

SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth project receives additional five years funding from CDC

August 25, 2015 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth project support for another five years surveillance of the incidence, prevalence and complications of childhood diabetes in the United States. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, is the primary investigator for the Carolina site, one of five clinical centers… Read more »

Home food environments heavily impact children’s diet, study finds

August 18, 2015 It is well documented that low socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with lower consumption of healthy foods, and that such differences in consumption patterns are influenced by neighborhood food environments. Researchers know less about the role that SES differences in the home food environment play in consumption patterns. Recently, a research team… Read more »

Adair to lead NIH Center for Scientific Review committee

August 10, 2015 Linda S. Adair, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was appointed to serve as chair of the Social Sciences and Population Studies ‘A’ Study Section in the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review. The two-year term began July 1 and will end June… Read more »

Graduate student Wright selected as HHMI International Student Research Fellow

July 30, 2015 Melecia Wright, doctoral candidate in the Department of Nutrition at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been chosen as an International Student Research Fellow by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Wright is one of 45 students from 18 countries who will receive fellowships in the amount of… Read more »

Popkin honored with Chinese Nutrition Society award for contributions to nutrition in China

July 13, 2015 Barry Popkin, PhD, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was presented this spring with the Chinese government’s inaugural award for significant foreign contributions to nutrition. The award, announced May 16 on the occasion of the Chinese Nutrition Society’s 70th anniversary, honored Popkin’s… Read more »