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Gillings Merit Scholars and Gillings Dissertation Awards announced

August 17, 2016 Sixteen students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been selected as 2016-2017 recipients of Gillings Merit Scholarships or Gillings Dissertation Awards. The scholarship and dissertation award funds, established in 2010 to help the Gillings School recruit and support graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, were made possible through… Read more »

Study finds low-income students and Hispanic students disproportionately exposed to tobacco, fast food near schools

August 1, 2016 A new study finds that low-income students and Hispanic students are disproportionately exposed to both tobacco outlets and fast-food restaurants near their schools. Easy access to tobacco products and fast food may influence youth smoking initiation and contribute to poor dietary intake. These findings are the subject of a new paper from… Read more »

Purchases of highly processed foods lower among African-American and Hispanic households than among white households, study finds

July 27, 2016 A new study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that, compared with white households, both African-American and Hispanic households had lower total purchases of highly processed and ready-to-eat convenience foods. Their overall grocery store purchases of packaged foods had differing nutritional qualities, as well. The study researchers, all… Read more »

Gordon-Larsen to chair NIH study section on kidney, nutrition, obesity and diabetes

July 18, 2016 Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will become chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes (KNOD) study section. Gordon-Larsen began her term as chairperson on July 1, and will serve in the role through June 30, 2018…. Read more »

Nutrition student wins NC Dietetic Association’s leadership award

July 14, 2016 Courtney Luecking, doctoral student in nutrition at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has won the North Carolina Dietetics Association’s (NCDA) Emerging Dietetic Leader Award for 2015-2016. The award recognizes the competence and activities of dietitians who have made distinctive contributions early in their careers to the Academy of Nutrition and… Read more »

Mexico’s household consumption of junk food declined following 2014 nonessential food tax

July 5, 2016 The first large-scale study of a ‘junk food tax’ enacted in Mexico has revealed that purchases of taxed food items declined during the first year of implementation by 5.1 percent more than what would have been expected based on pre-tax trends. This change is especially significant in Mexico, where the prevalence of… Read more »

Replacing just one sugar-sweetened beverage a day with water can prevent weight gain

June 28, 2016 A new study by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that replacing even one daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) such as soda with water could result in a meaningful reduction in caloric intake and associated weight gain. The study co-authors are Jennifer Poti, PhD, research… Read more »

Newly discovered regulatory link between cells could lead to novel cancer therapies

June 28, 2016 Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have identified the mechanism by which p53 – an important cellular protein, also known as the tumor suppressor and regulator of cellular metabolism – functions in the cell. This newly discovered mechanism could potentially be targeted for the development of future cancer… Read more »

Weight gain prevention program shows some success in modifying weight-related behaviors among community college students

June 27, 2016 A two-year, technology-based intervention to prevent weight gain among young adults in community college effectively reduced consumption of fast food and improved overall weight-related behavioral patterns. The intervention was less effective in changing specific behaviors, including physical activity and sleep. These findings and more are the results of the Choosing Healthy Options… Read more »

Combination of obesity and a common human infection may increase anxiety levels

June 22, 2016 Anxiety and anxiety-related disorders are the most common mental health problem in the United States, with obese people having higher rates of anxiety than non-obese people. Data from a recent study reveal that this increased anxiety may be caused by an interaction between obesity and a very common human infection, which results… Read more »