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Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

June 25, 2012   Dr. Liza Makowski A diet based on American junk food could lead to more obesity-induced inflammation than a diet high in animal fat, according to a new study published June 12 in the Public Library of Science One (PLoS ONE).   The study analyzed inflammatory responses in rats fed different diets:… Read more »

New study finds dramatic rise in diabetes among American teens

June 25, 2012   Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis Diabetes rates rose by nearly 25 percent among American teens in the last decade, according to new data presented by UNC researchers at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting held earlier this month in Philadelphia.   Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, MSPH, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition in UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Eating disorder behaviors and weight concerns are common in women over 50, study finds

June 21, 2012   Dr. Cynthia Bulik Eating disorders are commonly seen as an issue faced by teenagers and young women, but a new study found that age is no barrier to disordered eating. In women ages 50 and over, 3.5 percent report binge eating, nearly 8 percent report purging, and more than 70 percent… Read more »

Groves and Paich win Gillings Dissertation Awards

June 15, 2012   Allison Groves Heather Paich Allison Groves and Heather Paich, students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the 2012 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize to support doctoral research and dissertation writing at the School. Groves, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education,* is… Read more »

UNC, Duke researchers partner to improve family child-care homes

June 15, 2012 A new $3.3 million project to combat childhood obesity while helping owners of home-based child care facilities adopt healthy practices will be undertaken by a partnership between researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.   Dr. Dianne Ward Led by UNC’s Dianne Ward, EdD, and Duke’s… Read more »

First study of its kind finds rapid declines in worldwide physical activity

  June 14, 2012 A new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers finds a global decline in activity levels and predicts a continuing rise in inactivity in countries around the world. When viewed in the context of physical activity levels throughout human evolution, the global decline in physical activity in just… Read more »

Nutrition faculty members conduct training in China

  June 13, 2012   Ten members of the nutrition epidemiology faculty at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health traveled to Suzhou, China, May 28 through June 1 to collaborate with and train Chinese public health leaders. The training was conducted under the auspices of the China Health and Nutrition Survey, a joint program… Read more »

Nutrition Proudly Announces 2008-2009 Student Awards and Honors

Melissa Asmar  BSPH NUTR student has recently been inducted for Spring 2009 into Phi Beta Kappa, honorary society for academic excellence. Congratulations!       Janne Boone  wins 2008 Impact Award. Congratulations Janne!         Kiyah Duffey  received a Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award from the UNC-CH Graduate School for 2008-2009… Read more »

Lytle to lead health behavior department

May 25, 2012   After an extensive national search, a new chair has been selected to lead the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, subject to approval by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees and other appropriate University officials.   Dr. Leslie Lytle Leslie A. Lytle, PhD, professor of epidemiology and community health in… Read more »

Public health students graduate as Buckley Service Scholars

May 21, 2012 Nineteen of the 290 Buckley Public Service Scholars who graduated on May 13 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were public health students at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.They are Alexander Christian (biostatistics); Mary Aaroe, Kelli Paice and Ann Suk (environmental sciences and engineering); Rachel Baum, Phylicia… Read more »