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Mayer-Davis named interim chair of nutrition

April 09, 2013 Dr. Mayer-Davis Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named interim chair of the nutrition department, effective June 1. The nutrition department is jointly housed in the Gillings School and in UNC’s School of Medicine. Mayer-Davis will succeed June Stevens, PhD, American Institute for… Read more »

UNC partners with dining services provider to help high school students ‘text’ their lunch orders

April 08, 2013 The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has partnered with Chartwells School Dining Services to study how new technologies could affect school lunch participation rates and healthy food choices.Chartwells is a Charlotte (N.C.)-based company that provides meals to more than 6,000 U.S. schools. The “Taste Texting” program will be launched… Read more »

Nutrition professor honored with award from University of Santiago

April 02, 2013 Dr. Anthony Hackney accepts University of Santiago’s Medal of Distinction for his research and advocacy in Latin America. Anthony Hackney, PhD, was named last month by the University of Santiago (Chile) as one of two recipients of its Medal of Distinction, the highest honor awarded by the university. A professor of nutrition… Read more »

Higher birth weight, adding height in first two years protects against chronic diseases later

  April 02, 2013 Promoting optimal birth weight and rapid growth in body length during the first two years of life is likely to lead to substantial improvements in adult height and completion of more grades of schooling, and may reduce risk factors for chronic disease in adulthood, especially in developing countries. Dr. Linda Adair… Read more »

Public health students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

April 02, 2013 Seven public health undergraduates at Gillings School of Global Public Health were inducted this spring into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society.The inducted students are Savan Kothadia, Thomas C. Lowrey and Madhulika Vulimiri, in health policy and management; Kevin K. Chu and Samantha Tulenko, in environmental… Read more »

Daily self-weighing helps study participants lose weight

  March 26, 2013 Collaboration by researchers at Gillings School of Global Public Health and Duke University’s Global Health Institute has yielded good news about yet another tool in the weight-loss toolbox. Dr. Dori Steinberg Dori M. Steinberg, PhD, RD, and colleagues found, in a study conducted at UNC, that a weight-loss approach including daily… Read more »

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 »

Genes may be the real reason some kids are picky about food, study finds

  March 21, 2013 No matter how much parents plead, cajole or entice, some children just won’t try new foods. However, researchers now have found that the reason for the push-back may have more to do with what’s in the children’s genes than what’s on their plates. Dr. Myles Faith A recent study led by… 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 »