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Nutrition News

Eight faculty members selected as 2017 ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ awardees

March 24, 2017
Eight faculty members were selected by their students to receive the 2017 “Celebrate Teaching!” Award. The annual award honors those “who have inspired students; enhanced student learning through creative, engaging and innovative teaching methods; and supported students’ academic success and professional development.”

UNC Gillings School Study: ‘No Fat,’ ‘No Sugar’ no guarantee of nutritional quality

March 15, 2017
Terms such as “no fat” or “no sugar” on food packaging may give consumers a sense of confidence before they purchase, but these claims rarely reflect the actual nutritional quality of the food. These are the findings of a new study led by Dr. Lindsey Taillie and published online March 15 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

MD/PhD students share their skills at a free clinic to benefit patients with diabetes

March 2, 2017
Anna Kahkoska and Nick Brazeau, students in the MD/PhD program, work at the Open Door Clinic, in Burlington, N.C., where a number of patients with diabetes are treated.

Nutrition professors contribute chapters to Eating Disorders and Obesity text

March 2, 2017
Drs. Cynthia Bulik, June Stevens and Deborah Tate wrote chapters in the third edition of Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook, published this year by The Guilford Press.

Youth with Type 2 diabetes more likely to have significant complications later in life

February 28, 2017
A new report, co-authored by Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis and published in JAMA, indicates that adolescents and young adults with Type 2 diabetes bear a significantly higher burden of potential diabetes-related complications – especially among minority youth with this disease – than do their peers with Type 1 diabetes.

Sugar-sweetened beverage purchases declined in two years after Mexican ‘soda tax’ passed

February 21, 2017
A new study by nutrition researchers Drs. Shu Wen Ng and Barry Popkin — and their collaborators in Mexico — found that Mexico’s tax on sugary beverages caused the purchase of those beverages to decline during the second year of the tax. Earlier research had shown an immediate decrease in purchases in the tax’s first year. The study is published in the journal Health Affairs.

Gillings School is top public health school at public university for NIH funding

February 16, 2017
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that the Gillings School was the top public health school at a public university in receiving NIH funding during fiscal year 2016. The School received 107 awards, for a total of $65,454,312 in funding.

Popkin selected to deliver 2017 Foard Lecture

February 10, 2017
Dr. Barry Popkin, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the Gillings School, will deliver the School’s 2017 Foard Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Gillings School. A reception will follow.

Daily sugar-sweetened beverage intake alters human brain and behavior, study finds

February 10, 2017
Research by Dr. Kyle Burger, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that daily consumption of a high-sugar juice beverage altered brain responses while subjects drank the beverage and looked at its logo – and produced behavioral responses when seeing the logo alone.

Aaron Williams, RTI executive, former Peace Corps director, selected as Gillings School’s commencement speaker

January 25, 2017
Aaron Williams will present the Gillings School’s commencement address on May 13 at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena. Williams is executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International and past director of the U.S. Peace Corps.