Posts Categorized: Nutrition News

US children, adults still favor sugary beverages, but low-calorie drinks gaining ground

  March 26, 2013   Sugary, higher-calorie beverages still rule among American consumers, but low-calorie drinks are quickly closing the gap in households with and without children.Those are the findings of a new study titled, “Trends in purchases and intake of foods and beverages containing caloric and low-calorie sweeteners over the last decade in the… Read more »

May, NRI researcher, awarded $5.3 million by NIAAA to study fetal alcohol disorders

March 24, 2013 The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) in Kannapolis, N.C., has received a $5.3 million grant to study fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in South Africa. The funds were awarded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), one of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Philip May The study will… Read more »

School leaders welcome new faculty members, announce promotions

March 01, 2013 Gillings School of Global Public Health representatives have announced new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period July 2012 to Feb. 1, 2013. Promotions during the period include: Gregory Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering, effective July 1, 2012; Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition, effective Feb. 1; Jessica… Read more »

Mojica, nutrition adjunct, wins international association’s Silver Plate Award

  March 01, 2013 Angelo Mojica Angelo Mojica, MPH, RD, director of nutrition and food services at UNC Health Care and adjunct instructor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Silver Plate Award winner in the health-care food-service segment.   The awards pay tribute… Read more »

Study validates weight loss program, brings weight loss research into the real world

February 20, 2013   Weight management programs that focus on behavior change can be effective in leading to weight loss, but most are done in controlled settings. As a result, it is often difficult to know whether the intervention can be sustained outside of the test environment.   Now, researchers at the University of North… Read more »

Former ambassador to Uganda visits Chapel Hill to learn about UNC’s work in Africa

  February 18, 2013 Jerry P. Lanier, principal deputy coordinator for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, met with public health and other leaders on The University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill on Feb. 15. Left to right are the ambassador’s wife, Catherine Kannenberg, PhD, Ambassador Lanier, Peggy Bentley, PhD, Suzanne… Read more »

Gazette features Bentley’s research on infants’ television exposure

February 14, 2013   This article, featuring research by Dr. Peggy Bentley, was written by Mark Derewicz, in the UNC Office of Research Communications. It appeared in the Feb. 13 issue of University Gazette. Bentley is associate dean for global health and distinguished professor of nutrition at the Gillings School.   Dr. Bentley It’s no… Read more »

AICR fellow studies impact of diet on head and neck cancers

  February 12, 2013 In honor of February’s being National Cancer Prevention Month, the news team spoke recently with Patrick Bradshaw, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)/Marilyn Gentry Fellow, about his research on the relationship of nutrition to head and neck cancers…. Read more »

New look at old study casts doubt on value of vegetable fats for heart health

February 08, 2013   A new analysis of data missing from a study that ended more than 40 years ago casts doubt on current dietary advice about vegetable fats and heart health.   The clinical trial, published online Feb. 5 in the British Journal of Medicine [pdf], shows that replacing saturated animal fats with linoleic… Read more »