Nutrition News

Grant, community activist, to speak at School’s 2009 commencement

January 12, 2009 Gary R. Grant Gary R. Grant, executive director of Concerned Citizens of Tillery (N.C.), will speak at the spring commencement ceremony for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Concerned Citizens of Tillery is a grassroots activist organization formed in the 1990s in response to industrial hog-farming in eastern North… Read more »

Mayer-Davis named vice president of American Diabetes Association

January 05, 2009 Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis Elizabeth J. Mayer-Davis, PhD, has been named vice president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the organization has announced. Mayer-Davis is a professor of nutrition in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School… Read more »

Dr. Melinda A. Beck awarded NIH Grant for Influenza research

  Dr. Beck, Erik Karlsson, and Dr. Sheridan “Risk of Influenza Infection In A Vaccinated Obese Population” Infection with influenza virus is responsible for a great deal of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In non-pandemic years, 10-20% of the population in the US is infected with influenza virus. In any given year, more than 120,000 persons… Read more »

Walking throughout adulthood may impact long-term weight gains

December 15, 2008 Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen In a 15-year study of leisure walking patterns, Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, and colleagues have found that regular walking helps counteract age-related weight gain. The study findings are published online in the Dec. 3 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Gordon-Larsen, associate professor of nutrition at the University… Read more »

Popkin to debut new book on obesity in January

December 04, 2008 Dr. Barry Popkiin A new book by Barry Popkin, PhD, chronicles the worldwide rise in obesity, a phenomenon Popkin attributes more to technology, globalization, government policies and food industry practices than gluttony or sloth.  In The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race, Popkin… Read more »

Nutrition Research Institute holds grand opening

The Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis The Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis celebrated its grand opening recently, part of the dedication of the North Carolina Research Campus. Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, directs the institute. Dr. Steven Zeisel   The NRI building houses a metabolic kitchen, a metabolic rate assessment facility, a body composition laboratory, and… Read more »

Nutrition Research Institute shows that eating healthy can taste good, too

November 13, 2008 Dr. Steve Zeisel Good nutrition doesn’t have to be bland or boring, believes Steve Zeisel, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of nutrition and director of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute on the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C. On Nov. 13, Zeisel welcomed Peter Reinhart, a chef-on-assignment in the culinary arts program… Read more »

UNC study: text messaging may help children fight off obesity

November 11, 2008 Many children love sending and receiving text messages through their cell phones – sometimes to the great annoyance of their parents. Dr. Robert Hamer Dr. Dianne Ward But now a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests this technology could be used to reduce children’s chances of… Read more »

Faculty researchers teach second clinical trials methods course in Malawi

November 10, 2008 Dr. Steven Meshnick The second clinical trials methodology course for physician researchers in Malawi was taught by UNC researchers in Blantyre, Malawi, on Oct. 13-17. Steven Meshnick, PhD, MD, professor of epidemiology, designed and oversaw the program, which helps health care professionals in Malawi gain expertise in conducting successful clinical trials. Funding… Read more »

Eyewitness News’ Akiia James accepted invitation to taste traditional foods with healthy twist

Contratulations Students Congratulations to Amanda Holliday and our great students. ABC Eyewitness News’ Akiia James accepted invitation to taste traditional foods with healthy twist.