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Nutrition News

REACH NC allows quicker, more efficient access to School’s experts

July 19, 2011 For nearly every public health challenge, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has a team of innovative scientists quickening the pace toward a solution. But how do other scientists, students, members of the media, business leaders, legislators and others learn more about what we’re doing? Until recently, those looking for detailed… Read more »

No ‘magic bullet’ to improve diet, stem obesity epidemic, nutrition study finds

July 14, 2011 Will people eat healthier foods if fresh fruits and vegetables are available in stores near their homes? Will they eat less fast food if restaurants are not in their neighborhoods?These and other policy interventions may be useful steps toward better public health, but no single approach alone effectively will improve Americans’ diets… Read more »

Two doctoral students receive Gillings Dissertation Awards

July 11, 2011 Bonnie Lyon and Dori Steinberg, doctoral students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have received this year’s Gillings Dissertation Awards to advance their dissertation research at the School.   Bonnie Lyon Lyon, in the environmental sciences and engineering department, is evaluating the public health impact of ultraviolet (UV) treatment of… Read more »

Study: U.S. adults not just eating more, but more often

June 29, 2011 Over the past 30 years U.S. adults have been eating larger portions and eating more often, according to a new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.   The findings help illustrate that how Americans are eating contributes to the country’s obesity epidemic.   Dr. Barry Popkin “First, the… Read more »

Nutrition researcher’s new book sets higher standard in field of epigenetics

June 23, 2011 A new book co-edited by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher Mihai Niculescu, MD, PhD, provides a comprehensive exploration of dietary impacts on epigenetics and offers the most in-depth coverage of the subject to date.Epigenetics is the study of the mechanisms that cause inheritable genetic material to be altered without… Read more »

Ammerman contributes expertise to IOM policy committee on childhood obesity

June 23, 2011 A new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report offers policy recommendations to curb the high rates of obesity among America’s youngest children. The guidelines include limiting television and other media use, encouraging infants and young children in preschool and child care to spend more time in physically active play, and requiring child care… Read more »

Pregnancy-related depression linked to eating disorders and abuse histories

June 21, 2011 One in 10 women experiences depression during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth. Although the problem has received increased attention in recent years, little is known about the causes or early warning signs of pregnancy-related depression. In a study published in the June 2011 issue of Journal of Women’s Health, researchers at… Read more »

New nutrition professor brings expertise in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

June 21, 2011 Dr. Philip May A new nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina’s Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) will expand the Institute’s expertise and research in the field of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Philip A. May, PhD, was appointed research professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on April 1… Read more »

New study highlights perils of snack-filled diet

June 13, 2011 A high-fat diet can be bad for your health. However, a snack food-based “cafeteria”-style diet of highly palatable, energy-dense foods is even worse, according to new research.A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that rats that ate snack foods commonly consumed by children and adults… Read more »

Popkin named Kenan Professor

June 10, 2011 Dr. Barry Popkin Barry Popkin, PhD, has been named a W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, effective July 1. The Kenan Professorship is an endowed faculty position awarded to outstanding scholars and teachers. Popkin has been a nutrition faculty member at UNC… Read more »