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Study: Daily tasks can get sedentary workers closer to national physical activity guidelines

October 9, 2014 People with deskbound or sedentary jobs who have difficulty finding time to work out still can meet national guidelines for physical activity as long as they engage in other active daily tasks. Those are the findings of a new study from researchers at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global… Read more »

UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention awarded $3.75M to conduct prevention research

October 7, 2014 The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $3.75 million cooperative agreement to renew its status as a Prevention Research Center (PRC) through 2019. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding will help UNC researchers conduct innovative prevention research… Read more »

UNC’s Hobbs leads effort to establish DrPH degree program in Africa

Sept. 26, 2014 A UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health health policy and management faculty member and School alumna will lead a Rockefeller Foundation project to develop the first doctoral program in health leadership based in Africa. Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, clinical professor of health policy and management and nutrition at the Gillings School,… Read more »

Ammerman receives NCPHA academic researcher award

Sept. 25, 2014 Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, was honored with an award at the North Carolina Public Health Association’s annual fall educational conference, held Sept. 17-19 in Wilmington, N.C. Ammerman received the Public Health… Read more »

Study shows food and beverage companies exceed caloric cut pledge

Sept. 17, 2014 Sixteen of the world’s largest food and beverage producing companies pledged to help reduce obesity of American families with children two to 18 years old by pledging to eliminate 1 trillion calories from the products these companies sold in the marketplace by 2012, with 2007 as the baseline year, and 1.5 trillion… Read more »

Substituting water for sweetened beverages might reduce metabolic syndrome risk among obese Mexican women

September 3, 2014 The global prevalence of obesity and its associated chronic diseases demands that strategies be identified to halt this public health problem. Although growing evidence shows that increased intake of sugar- sweetened beverages (SSBs) is linked with increased energy intake, weight gain and cardiometabolic risks, few randomized clinical trials have been conducted in… Read more »

Many older emergency department patients are malnourished, study finds

August 13, 2014 More than half of emergency department patients ages 65 and older who were seen at UNC Hospitals during an eight-week period were either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. In addition, more than half of the malnourished patients had not been diagnosed previously, according to a new study by researchers at the… Read more »

Sue Hobbs writes final ‘On the Table’ column for News and Observer

July 24, 2014 It is the end of an era. For 11-and-a-half years, Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, professor of health policy and management and nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has written a weekly food-related column that appeared in the Raleigh News and Observer and the Charlotte Observer. In addition to faculty… Read more »

School’s Alumni Board announces new members

July 21, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association announced new members of its governing board recently, including a new president, Amy Lansky, PhD. The board represents the nearly 18,000 alumni of the School, meeting quarterly with the School’s leaders to address issues of importance to alumni and current students and… Read more »

Families with preschoolers purchasing fewer high-calorie beverages

July 18, 2014 Families with young children are purchasing fewer high-calorie drinks, a behavior that may explain, in part, the recent stalling and potential reversal of childhood obesity trends in the U.S. This is among the findings of a new study, “Are food and beverage purchases in households with preschoolers changing?,” led by Christopher Ford,… Read more »