Nutrition News

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 »

Kiyah Duffey: Empowering families to make healthful choices

May 27, 2016 Together with Lisa Sutherland, PhD, a fellow alumna of the Gillings School’s nutrition department, Duffey founded a company that aims to promote healthy lifestyles for families. Announcing… Kizingo! The company’s flagship product is a toddler spoon that helps children succeed at self-feeding. The idea for the spoon originated during Duffey’s years at… Read more »

Metabolic reprogramming of white blood cells controls inflammation in fat

May 11, 2016 Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have found that it is possible to control inflammation in fat tissue by manipulating the presence of a specific metabolic protein in a type of white blood cell called a macrophage. This metabolic reprogramming may provide a crucial strategy for weakening the… Read more »

Gillings School bachelor’s students graduate as Buckley Scholars

May 10, 2016 Twenty of the 217 seniors who graduated on May 8 as Buckley Public Service Scholars were students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Buckley Service Scholars program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework in… Read more »

Nutrition faculty member awarded $228K to study cholesterol and prostate cancer

May 9, 2016 Emma Allott, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Professor John Fitzpatrick Research Fellowship, a three-year grant award of more than $228,000, to investigate the role of cholesterol in prostate cancer. The award, part of a unique transatlantic cancer research collaboration, was… Read more »