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North Carolina to serve as FoodCorps site in 10-state launch

December 21, 2010 North Carolina has been selected as one of 10 states to pilot FoodCorps, a new national AmeriCorps school garden and Farm-to-School service program that aims to serve vulnerable children by improving access to healthy, affordable food. Dr. Alice Ammerman Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

12 public health students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

December 17, 2010 Twelve current and former undergraduates studying at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health recently were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored of college honorary societies.   Leah Vance Brittany Papworth The eight students recently inducted are Katherine Wesley Byerly, of Chapel Hill, N.C., senior health policy… Read more »

UNC-ChildFund Commissioned Innovation Lab to improve lives of vulnerable infants

December 02, 2010 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has forged a partnership with ChildFund International, a 72-year-old charity based in Virginia, to improve the lives and health of vulnerable, excluded and deprived children from birth to age two.The Commissioned Innovation Lab will develop and test an evidence-based program in two countries that can… Read more »

NAP SACC: Helping child care centers improve preschoolers’ health

November 29, 2010   Three-year-old Emily Sandum enjoys a daily visit to the playground. Photo by Jenny Sandum. What would happen if children in child care were served green beans instead of french fries – or took a nature walk instead of sitting in a circle inside?   Then perhaps 26 percent of them wouldn’t… Read more »

The world is fat

November 29, 2010 * Our article uses the title of a popular treatise by Dr. Barry Popkin, The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race (New York, Penguin Books, 2008). For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/theworldisfat.   Across North Carolina and around the world, researchers from UNC Gillings… Read more »

Kosorok and Stevens appointed to second terms as department chairs

November 19, 2010 Two members of the public health faculty have been reappointed to lead their departments in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Dean Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, has announced. The reappointments follow upon the favorable reviews of their first terms as chairs.   Dr. Michael Kosorok Dr. June Stevens Michael Kosorok,… Read more »

UNC Lineberger selected to receive LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Award

November 11, 2010 Dr. Marci Campbell UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s program, Carolina Well, has received a LIVESTRONG® Community Engagement Award to fund an arts program for cancer survivors. Marci Campbell, PhD, MPH, RD, professor of nutrition in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is Carolina Well’s director.   LIVESTRONG® was founded by… Read more »

Obese adolescents at greatest risk of becoming severely obese adults

November 10, 2010 Dr. Gordon-Larsen Obese adolescents are 16 times more likely to become severely obese by age 30 than their healthy weight or even overweight peers, according to a new study led by Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, associate professor of nutrition in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   Public health researchers found… Read more »

Siega-Riz named associate dean for academic affairs

November 08, 2010 Dr. Anna Maria Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, professor of nutrition and of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the School’s new associate dean for academic affairs, effective Dec. 1.   Siega-Riz will succeed Peggy Leatt, PhD, who has served as associate dean for academic… Read more »

School’s scientists receive National Cancer Institute grant to address cancer health disparities

October 27, 2010 Cancer is the leading cause of death in North Carolina, but it doesn’t affect all citizens equally. North Carolina rates of prostate and colon cancer in African-Americans are 47 percent and 15 percent higher, respectively, than in Caucasians, and breast cancer deaths among African-American women are 20 percent higher than for Caucasians…. Read more »