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Families with preschoolers purchasing fewer high-calorie beverages

July 18, 2014 Families with young children are purchasing fewer high-calorie drinks, a behavior that may explain, in part, the recent stalling and potential reversal of childhood obesity trends in the U.S. This is among the findings of a new study, “Are food and beverage purchases in households with preschoolers changing?,” led by Christopher Ford,… Read more »

Gillings School’s Summer Public Health Symposium a success, high school students say

July 18, 2014 About 50 teens from across North Carolina were introduced to public health this summer, thanks to the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s 2014 Summer Public Health Symposium for High School Students. In the process, the students experienced the joys of college life, including “making new friends,” “exploring the UNC campus,” and… Read more »

Alice Ammerman: Inspiring heart health in the ‘stroke belt’

July 17, 2014 This article by Courtney Mitchell first appeared in the July 15, 2014, University Gazette, a publication of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Alice Ammerman is co-creator of Heart Healthy Lenoir, a project that helps encourage healthy living in Lenoir County, N.C. Lenoir County is tucked into the eastern part… Read more »

All North Carolina local health departments awarded accreditation

July 14, 2014 All 85 local health departments in North Carolina have been awarded the status of accreditation by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board as of June 20, 2014. North Carolina is the first state in the U.S. to mandate accreditation for its local health departments. The purpose of the accreditation program… Read more »

National Prevention Council’s annual report details prevention initiatives

July 14, 2014 The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council released its 2014 annual report on July 1. The report describes the goals of the Council’s National Prevention Strategy and outlines developments and progress made toward those goals. “The National Prevention Strategy is all about making healthy choices the easy choices,” said Elizabeth… Read more »

BIOS student wins Best Poster award at UK conference

July 11, 2014 Natalia Gouskova, doctoral candidate in biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, received a “Best Poster” award at the Statistical Analysis of Multi-Outcome Data workshop, held June 30-July 1, at the University of Cambridge (U.K.). The winning poster was based on the paper, “Viral Suppression in HIV Studies: Combining Times… Read more »

Linnan to study workplace health in McDowell County

July 10, 2014 A partnership with North Carolina’s McDowell County will enable Laura Linnan, ScD, professor of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and director of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH), to study workplace health in the county. In collaboration with the McDowell County Health Coalition’s… Read more »

UNC scientists, students map clean water across NC

July 9, 2014 In a July 7 article in The Daily Tar Heel, reporter Carolyn Ebeling wrote an article about the work of Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School. Five years after the United Nations declared access to safe drinking water and sanitation a basic human right,… Read more »

Nezami wins Gillings Dissertation Award

July 9, 2014 Brooke Nezami, doctoral candidate in health behavior, has received the 2014 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize funded through the Gillings gift. Nezami’s dissertation, “Healthy Weight Behaviors and Weight Change in Parents and Children Ages 3-5,” focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity through a family-based approach. Nezami will use an intervention… Read more »

Water Institute to host ‘Future of Technologies for Water’ competition

July 9, 2014 The Water Institute at UNC, part of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has partnered with Takata Corporation to host the first Future Technologies for Water Competition. The event, which is open to applicants worldwide now through Thursday, July 31, aims to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water with a sustainable… Read more »