Nutrition News

UNC Gillings School celebrates its graduates; Dr. Dennis Gillings delivers commencement address

May 7, 2016 You – and your parents – will be glad to hear that public health is one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. The major investment in your education will stimulate a rewarding career and improve people’s lives. In 2014, total health care employment was more than 12 million. Undergraduate degrees in… Read more »

Popkin honored with World Obesity Federation award

May 6, 2016 Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected to receive the World Obesity Federation’s 2016 Population Science and Public Health Award. Popkin accepted the accolade – and presented a plenary talk – at the Federation’s 13th International Congress on… Read more »

JAMA Study: Two specific methods prevented weight gain in young adults for three years

May 2, 2016 A new study co-authored by a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill researcher found two specific diet and exercise strategies prevented weight gain and obesity among young adults over a sustained three-year period. The multi-site study, published online May 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine, focused on young adults between the 18 and… Read more »

Professor will use new UNC Gillings ‘Borrow-a-Bike’ Program during commencement weekend

April 26, 2016 “I’m considering getting myself cloned,” laughed Alice Ammerman, DrPH. Ammerman, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has a dilemma – albeit a delightful one – regarding her schedule for May 7. Four of Ammerman’s… Read more »

Increased saturated fat intake linked to aggressive prostate cancer

April 20, 2016 Eating a diet higher in saturated fat — a type of fat found commonly in foods such as fatty beef and cheese — was linked to more aggressive prostate cancer, found a study by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The preliminary results were… Read more »

20-year observation of adults in China shows physical activity levels in decline

April 19, 2016 As rapid cultural shifts take place in China, the country’s aging population is becoming less likely to engage in physical activity, finds a new study that followed more than 60,000 adults in China across two decades of their lives. The study did not examine physical activity in isolation, but instead analyzed changing… Read more »

Beck elected as ASN director-at-large

April 18, 2016 Melinda Beck, PhD, professor and associate chair of nutrition in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected as a director-at-large in the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), effective June 1, for a two-year term. The ASN, with more than 5,000 members, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing… Read more »

Two from Gillings School elected as delegates to UNC Employee Forum

April 15, 2016 Two staff members from the Gillings School of Global Public Health have been elected to the UNC Employee Forum. As staff delegates, Bryan Andregg and Natiaya Neal will work to improve the quality of life for staff, students and faculty at the University. The Employee Forum website describes the group’s mission, which… Read more »

NIH extends funding for Nutrition Obesity Research Center through second decade

April 13, 2016 The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) will receive a $5.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund another five years of research. The award is the fourth time NIH has provided five-year funding for the center. “We are proud that the NIH has selected UNC as one… Read more »

Two studies address link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer

April 7, 2016 Recent work from the laboratory of Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, explores two possibilities for breaking the link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer. Basal-like breast cancer (BBC) is a highly aggressive type of tumor that often strikes young and African-American… Read more »