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Nutrition News

Nutrition major is a Fulbright Student, will study declining obesity rates in Japan

March 16, 2015 Lauren Toppin, a senior in the nutrition department at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected for a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Japan. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. While abroad, Toppin will represent the country as… Read more »

US News ranks UNC Gillings #2 overall, #1 public

March 10, 2015 The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has been ranked the number two school of public health overall – and the number one public school of public health – by U.S. News and World Report. The rankings were released March 10. This marks the second consecutive rankings period… Read more »

Researchers find decline in preschoolers’ calorie intake in last decade, but urge watchfulness regarding recent trends

March 9, 2015 A study at UNC acknowledges progress in efforts to fight childhood obesity but suggests that researchers keep a close eye on recent dietary trends among preschool children. The study, “10-year beverage intake trends among U.S. preschool children: Rapid declines between 2003 and 2010, but stagnancy in recent years,” was published online March… Read more »

Start-up co-led by nutrition student wins $50,000 innovation prize

February 24, 2015 Seal the Seasons, a for-profit social enterprise co-founded by William Chapman, master’s student in nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, won the 2015 SECU Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation Feb. 10. The contest, sponsored by the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) and SECU Foundation and administered by North Carolina… Read more »

Siega-Riz and other members of 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee release report

February 19, 2015 The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of prestigious national experts, has submitted its recommendations to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, for the purpose of informing the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, professor of nutrition… Read more »

Herrington, astronaut and educator, to speak at Gillings School commencement

February 15, 2015 Astronaut and education advocate John B. Herrington, PhD, Commander in the U.S. Navy (retired), will provide the commencement address to graduates of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The ceremony will be held at Carmichael Arena on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m. Herrington,… Read more »

Largest-ever genome-wide study on body fat and BMI strengthens genetic links to obesity

February 12, 2015 There are many reasons why two people with the same diets and exercise regimens can gain different amounts of weight and why fat becomes stored in different parts of their bodies. Now, an international collaboration of scientists, including several from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine, has… Read more »

Faculty members recognized for innovative teaching at annual ‘Celebration Teaching!’ event

February 12, 2015 Eight members of the faculty at the Gillings School of Global Public Health – one from each academic unit at the School – were honored at a ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event on Feb. 11 and presented with the School’s fourth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The awardees are Lori Evarts, MPH, clinical assistant professor… Read more »

CDC’s Workplace Health Research Network launched at UNC

February 9, 2015 Researchers from six research universities across the country gathered in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 5 and 6 to launch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN) and conduct health research focused on the work environment, where the majority of Americans spend most of their time. The… Read more »

New Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

February 2, 2015 Four new projects – two designed to improve chronic disease care, one aimed at increasing access to cervical cancer screening, and another to track land-applied biosolids – are the most recent Gillings Innovation Labs. Established in 2007 as part of the $50 million Gillings gift, Gillings Innovation Laboratories (GILs) are designed to… Read more »