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Preparedness center assists state with Charley, uses knowledge to plan for future hurricanes

September 03, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Hurricane Frances’ impact on North Carolina remains somewhat uncertain, but University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-affiliated public health professionals are prepared to help state officials conduct a rapid needs assessment if the hurricane creates significant damage in the state.Although Hurricane Charley only did minor damage in North Carolina,… Read more »

Study shows obesity leads to longer stays in hospital

September 01, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — People who are obese face not only a greater risk of becoming sick in the first place, they also will remain longer in the hospital, on average, when compared with people of more normal weight, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study concludes.”This study is unique… Read more »

UNC programs receive more than $6 million

September 01, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health programs recently received funding allocations to help the state’s public health professionals enhance skills in responding to possible health threats.The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has renewed funding for the N.C. Center for Public Health… Read more »

UNC, Maryland researchers study impact of neighborhood development on physical activity, obesity

August 25, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Researchers from city planning and public health are conducting a three-year study focused on possible links between urban and suburban sprawl and the rise in U.S. obesity rates.The research team, including faculty members from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland, will study… Read more »

UNC’s total research receipts jump 7.5 percent during fiscal 2004

August 20, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s sponsored research funding jumped 7.5 percent in fiscal 2004 to $577.6 million – up from $537.4 million in 2003.The new totals, finalized recently by the university’s Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), showed overall increases in research grants awarded to faculty from… Read more »

2004 APHA Conference to take place November 6-10 in Washington D.C.

August 03, 2004 Mark your calendars now for this year’s APHA conference! Please join the Carolina School of Public Health for food, fellowship and networking during the American Public Health Association annual meeting to be held November 6-10 in Washington, D.C.Additionally, area alumni, colleagues and friends are invited to a reception on Monday, November 8… Read more »

Study suggests that pollutants posed small cancer risks, but might have affected unborn babies

July 27, 2004 CHAPEL HILL – On Sept. 11, 2001, when hijacked jetliners smashed into the World Trade Center, stunning the world, the collapse of the twin towers and the fires that followed lofted an estimated million tons of dust and smoke into the air of New York City. After the first 100 days when… Read more »

Newly funded Citizen-Soldier initiative to enhance support services for National Guard, Reserve fam

  July 26, 2004 CHAPEL HILL – The Department of Defense appropriation bill, finalized this week by a joint House-Senate conference committee, includes $1.8 million in funding for a new National Demonstration Program for Citizen-Soldier Support. The collaborative program, spearheaded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is designed to serve the families… Read more »

‘Get Kids in Action’ launches online child’s BMI calculator

July 23, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — “Get Kids in Action,” a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health and The Gatorade Co., has launched an online body mass index, or BMI, calculator specific to children.The calculator was developed in response to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation –… Read more »

SHAC Outreach receives national award for innovative health promotion program

July 21, 2004 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently honored SHAC Outreach, the newest program within the UNC Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), with third place among interdisciplinary entries for the Secretary’s Award for Innovations in Health Promotion.The Secretary’s Award recognizes the nation’s innovative health promotion programs designed by students. Students from… Read more »