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Nutrition News

Taxes may discourage purchase of sugared and high-fat beverages in households with young children, study finds

June 24, 2015 Given the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States and globally, any measure that encourages children’s early consumption of healthier foods and drinks can only be beneficial. A new study suggests that financial incentives to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages can be such a measure. Researchers at The University of North Carolina at… Read more »

In US homes, more than three-fourths of calories come from moderately and highly processed foods and beverages

June 1, 2015 Soda, cheese puffs and candy likely spring to mind when you think of processed foods. You might be surprised to know that milk, dried fruit, and frozen vegetables are processed foods, too. The United States government defines food processing as any procedure that alters food from its natural state. This includes pasteurizing,… Read more »

Nutrition professor studies relationship of flu immunity to obesity

May 13, 2015 A May 12 article about the work of nutrition researcher Dr. Melinda Beck, written for Endeavors magazine by Susan Hardy, is excerpted below. The complete article is available on Endeavors’ website. The 2014–2015 flu season was a tough one, says Melinda Beck, PhD, professor and associate chair of the nutrition department at… Read more »

Cai and Mayer-Davis awarded distinguished professorships

May 8, 2015 The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost has announced that two Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members will be awarded distinguished professorships, effective July 1, pending approval by the University’s Board of Trustees. Jianwen Cai, PhD, professor and vice chair of biostatistics, and Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor and… Read more »

Ammerman to co-lead UNC’s new campus theme – ‘Food for All’

April 29, 2015 Members of the UNC-Chapel Hill community will come together at a common table when they examine food studies as UNC’s 2015-2017 university-wide academic theme. “Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives,” which builds on UNC’s 2012-2015 “Water in Our World” focus on global water issues, will challenge all areas of the university… Read more »

Five-year heart health study shows promise in eastern NC

April 28, 2015 A long-term study out of Lenoir County, North Carolina, has found promising possibilities for reducing cardiovascular disease risk in the eastern part of the state. Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,… Read more »

Three Gillings faculty awarded Global Health grants

April 21, 2015 Three faculty members at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded Explorations in Global Health faculty research grants through the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases. Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School, is the co-principal investigator on a project to explore… Read more »

Barr, Greenberg awards presented at 47th Foard Lecture

April 20, 2015 At the 47th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 16, the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health announced the winners of two highly prized annual awards. Janice V. Bowie, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of… Read more »

Nine BSPH students present work at celebration of undergraduate research

April 16, 2015 Students from four departments represented the Gillings School of Global Public Health yesterday at the 2015 UNC-Chapel Hill Celebration of Undergraduate Research. The Celebration is an annual research symposium held in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Undergraduate students present research and deliver talks in concurrent poster and panel sessions. The Celebration… Read more »

Five from Gillings School inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

April 6, 2015 Five students from the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have been inducted as new members of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. Less than… Read more »