Nutrition News

Study finds older adults consume too much phosphorus, too little calcium

November 24, 2015 A new study has found that high intake of dietary phosphorus, relative to calcium intake, is associated with a lower calcium to phosphorus ratio overall. When this ratio skews low for calcium and high for phosphorus, it potentially has adverse health effects including arterial calcification, bone loss and death. The three co-authors… Read more »

Epidemiology, nutrition students honored by The Obesity Society

November 16, 2015 Students from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health authored four of the seven epidemiology abstracts selected from 127 submissions for presentation at the 2015 Obesity Week conference. This annual scientific and educational event, hosted by The Obesity Society (TOS), brought together world experts in obesity research, treatment and prevention Nov. 2-7… Read more »

Hursting receives National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award

November 16, 2015 Stephen Hursting, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, has received a prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA). This award recognizes and provides stable funding for cancer research with breakthrough potential. Hursting, who is also a member… Read more »

Phi Beta Kappa welcomes ten from Gillings School

November 11, 2015 Ten students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been inducted as new members of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest college honorary society in the United States. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates who meet strict eligibility requirements. Fewer than one percent of all college students qualify…. Read more »

Gordon-Larsen awarded $2.5M grant to study whether microbiome links Western diet, cardiometabolic risk

November 11, 2015 Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a $2.5M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Transition to a Western diet and cardiometabolic risk: Biomarkers derived from the microbiome.” While recent work through the NIH Human Microbiome… Read more »

New podcast, ‘Public Health Behind the Scenes,’ launched this fall

November 9, 2015 The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), both housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have collaborated to launch a new podcast called “Public Health Behind the Scenes.” “’Public Health Behind the Scenes’ offers a front-row seat into the exciting field of public health,”… Read more »

Study finds U.S. household food-shopping patterns shifting over time

November 2, 2015 Historically, nutrition programs and policies have focused on the need to build supermarkets in underserved areas in an effort to improve dietary quality in those communities. However, a recent study sheds more light on shifting household food-shopping patterns in the United States, and may bring changes to this traditional programmatic approach. Dalia… Read more »

Walmart’s healthier food initiative did not improve healthfulness of purchases, study finds

November 2, 2015 In recent years, more food retailers – including Walmart, Kroger and Safeway – have introduced initiatives to help consumers make healthier choices. Three researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have conducted the first independent evaluation of whether a retailer-based healthier foods initiative actually improved the types and nutritional… Read more »

Walmart’s packaged foods have become healthier, study finds; income, race still major predictors of food choices

October 27, 2015 The nutritional quality of packaged food at Walmart has improved since 2000, according to a new study by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers. That should be good news, given that Walmart and other major retail chains are the biggest sellers of foods purchased and eaten by U.S. consumers. The… Read more »

Action items address opportunities, challenges in global noncommunicable disease research

October 9, 2015 Two out of three deaths worldwide are attributable to noncommunicable diseases (NCD). No country is unaffected by this class of illness, which presents an unprecedented global health challenge. Lindsay Jaacks, PhD, alumna of the Department of Nutrition, and Racquel Kelly Kohler, PhD, alumna of the Department of Health Policy and Management, both… Read more »