Nutrition News

UNC leads obesity prevention conference in Italy

June 18, 2013 Members of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s nutrition faculty and their international colleagues planned and are leading a conference on obesity prevention in Bellagio, Italy, June 17-21.   Conference attendees included co-coordinator Dr. Barry Popkin (back row, second from left). Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition… Read more »

Mary Kay and AHA grants to fund Makowski’s research on obesity and cancer

June 06, 2013 Dr. Liza Makowski Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health, received two major awards this spring that will advance her work in obesity- and inflammation-related chronic diseases. Makowski will serve as principal investigator for “Reversing carcinogenic effect of obesity on basal-like breast cancer,” a project… Read more »

Siega-Riz appointed to 2015 US Dietary Guidelines advisory committee

June 03, 2013 Dr. Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 15 nationally recognized experts selected to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.   Her selection was announced May 31 by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services… Read more »

Kohlmeier honored with award for excellence in medical education

  April 25, 2013 Dr. Kohlmeier Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD, research professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health and at the Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, N.C., has received the 2013 Roland L. Weinsier Award for Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education from the American Society for Nutrition. “This award is presented in… Read more »

Thirteen public health students receive Graduate School’s Impact Award

April 11, 2013 Gillings School of Global Public Health students won nearly a third of the 2013 Impact Awards presented at the annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, held April 10 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC campus.   The awards won by Gillings students – 13 of them – were for… Read more »

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 »