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Mexican immigrants’ diets raise risks of obesity, heart disease

September 01, 2011 Share   Despite the abundance of Hispanic food options, Mexicans who migrate to the United States choose to adopt most of the “American diet,” which may put their health at risk, a new study shows. Some of the changes are good. Many Mexicans in the U.S. consume more fruits and vegetables, low-fat… Read more »

Child-care facilities can do more to promote preschoolers’ healthy eating and physical activity

September 01, 2011 Share   What children eat and how physically active they are can shape their eating and activity habits as adults. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently published research that evaluates research describing opportunities and strategies to prevent obesity among preschool-age children in child-care settings. Dr. Dianne Ward… Read more »

Bentley’s column describes the tragedy of East Africa’s drought

August 30, 2011 Share     Peggy Bentley, PhD, professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School’s associate dean for global health, recently wrote a guest column for the UNC Global newsletter. We reprint her essay here.   It’s late August in Chapel Hill, a very busy time, but… Read more »

Excess weight as a young adult predicts an earlier death

  August 24, 2011 Share   Those extra pounds many people carry at age 25 may shorten their lives, even if they slim down when they’re older. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study appearing this month in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds those who are overweight during young adulthood are likely… Read more »

UNC hosts inaugural training institute on dissemination research and implementation science

August 17, 2011 Share     Dr. Alice Ammerman Thirty-four researchers from around the country gathered in Chapel Hill, N.C., Aug. 1-5 to participate in the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health, hosted by the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP). The Center is directed by Alice Ammerman, DrPH,… Read more »

Barry Popkin wins 2011 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Barry Popkin The Nutrition Department is pleased to announce that Barry Popkin is the winner of the 2011 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award from The Obesity Society. In the US and across the globe Barry is known for his contributions to our understanding of the patterns, trends and determinants of dietary behavior. His work… Read more »

Popkin honored with Obesity Society’s lifetime achievement award

July 29, 2011 Dr. Barry Popkin Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Obesity Society’s 2011 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented to those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of obesity through scholarship, mentorship and… Read more »

Kids eating convenience foods are getting more calories, less nutrition, study finds

July 27, 2011 American children are eating fewer home-cooked meals, and that could be fueling the obesity epidemic, say nutrition researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   In a study published online and in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers from UNC’s Gillings School of… Read more »

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 »