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Nutrition News

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 »

New study cautions about nutritional status for women taking antiretroviral drugs

July 8, 2015 A new study led by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health highlights the nutritional impacts of antiretroviral therapy on HIV-infected breastfeeding women. The World Health Organization currently recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding HIV-infected women initiate lifelong therapy for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, but little is known about… Read more »

Bentley elected faculty director of Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center

July 6, 2015 Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named one of two new faculty directors at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. Bentley is also associate dean for global health… Read more »

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 »