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Nutrition News

Gordon-Larsen awarded $2.5M grant to study whether microbiome links Western diet, cardiometabolic risk

November 11, 2015 Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a $2.5M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Transition to a Western diet and cardiometabolic risk: Biomarkers derived from the microbiome.” While recent work through the NIH Human Microbiome… Read more »

New podcast, ‘Public Health Behind the Scenes,’ launched this fall

November 9, 2015 The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), both housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have collaborated to launch a new podcast called “Public Health Behind the Scenes.” “’Public Health Behind the Scenes’ offers a front-row seat into the exciting field of public health,”… Read more »

Study finds U.S. household food-shopping patterns shifting over time

November 2, 2015 Historically, nutrition programs and policies have focused on the need to build supermarkets in underserved areas in an effort to improve dietary quality in those communities. However, a recent study sheds more light on shifting household food-shopping patterns in the United States, and may bring changes to this traditional programmatic approach. Dalia… Read more »

Walmart’s healthier food initiative did not improve healthfulness of purchases, study finds

November 2, 2015 In recent years, more food retailers – including Walmart, Kroger and Safeway – have introduced initiatives to help consumers make healthier choices. Three researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have conducted the first independent evaluation of whether a retailer-based healthier foods initiative actually improved the types and nutritional… Read more »

Walmart’s packaged foods have become healthier, study finds; income, race still major predictors of food choices

October 27, 2015 The nutritional quality of packaged food at Walmart has improved since 2000, according to a new study by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers. That should be good news, given that Walmart and other major retail chains are the biggest sellers of foods purchased and eaten by U.S. consumers. The… Read more »

Action items address opportunities, challenges in global noncommunicable disease research

October 9, 2015 Two out of three deaths worldwide are attributable to noncommunicable diseases (NCD). No country is unaffected by this class of illness, which presents an unprecedented global health challenge. Lindsay Jaacks, PhD, alumna of the Department of Nutrition, and Racquel Kelly Kohler, PhD, alumna of the Department of Health Policy and Management, both… Read more »

Community shows heart health through photo research project

October 5, 2015 People in at-risk communities see heart health as more than just physical health according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health that was published Oct. 1 in Preventing Chronic Disease. “The project really illustrated how community members feel about cardiovascular health,” said… Read more »

GO NAP SACC, initiative to improve children’s health habits, to be piloted in 5 states

September 30, 2015 Go NAP SACC is an online tool that helps child-care programs in North Carolina foster healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), which administers the program, has selected to pilot it over the next… Read more »

Review finds global trends in food consumption have impact upon cardiovascular disease

September 28, 2015 More than 80 percent of cardiovascular disease deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. There are few data, however, on the impact of diet on cardiovascular disease in these countries. In May 2014, the World Heart Federation consensus conference met in Ontario, Canada. Global scholars in the field worked to create an… Read more »

Seven new Royster Fellows join Gillings School

September 22, 2015 This news story is adapted from the original article by Carolina Chronicle. Each fall, new students bring their unique perspectives to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC Graduate School’s Royster Society of Fellows works to attract exceptionally talented graduate students from around the world to add their points… Read more »