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Ammerman contributes expertise to IOM policy committee on childhood obesity

June 23, 2011 A new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report offers policy recommendations to curb the high rates of obesity among America’s youngest children. The guidelines include limiting television and other media use, encouraging infants and young children in preschool and child care to spend more time in physically active play, and requiring child care… Read more »

Pregnancy-related depression linked to eating disorders and abuse histories

June 21, 2011 One in 10 women experiences depression during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth. Although the problem has received increased attention in recent years, little is known about the causes or early warning signs of pregnancy-related depression. In a study published in the June 2011 issue of Journal of Women’s Health, researchers at… Read more »

New nutrition professor brings expertise in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

June 21, 2011 Dr. Philip May A new nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina’s Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) will expand the Institute’s expertise and research in the field of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Philip A. May, PhD, was appointed research professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on April 1… Read more »

HPM alumna receives Fulbright to teach in Colombia

June 15, 2011 Emma Din Emma Din, a May 2011 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Cali, Colombia, from July 2011 to May 2012. Din, from Atlanta, double-majored in health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and international… Read more »

Minority health videoconference takes stock of health disparities progress

June 13, 2011 What progress has been made through a quarter-century of health disparities initiatives?The answers to that question varied substantially when panelists and participants at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 17th annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health examined lessons learned through experience. The annual video conference was presented… Read more »

New study highlights perils of snack-filled diet

June 13, 2011 A high-fat diet can be bad for your health. However, a snack food-based “cafeteria”-style diet of highly palatable, energy-dense foods is even worse, according to new research.A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that rats that ate snack foods commonly consumed by children and adults… Read more »

Popkin named Kenan Professor

June 10, 2011 Dr. Barry Popkin Barry Popkin, PhD, has been named a W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, effective July 1. The Kenan Professorship is an endowed faculty position awarded to outstanding scholars and teachers. Popkin has been a nutrition faculty member at UNC… Read more »

Smoke-free outdoor spaces are widespread on North Carolina college campuses

June 10, 2011 A new UNC School of Medicine survey of all North Carolina colleges shows that outdoor college smoking prevention policies are now in effect at 88 percent of North Carolina’s colleges and universities (97 of 110). All UNC system and North Carolina Community College System campuses now have smoke-free buildings. Joseph Lee “These… Read more »

Cilenti named interim health director for Orange County

  June 08, 2011 Dr. Dorothy Cilenti Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, has been named interim health director for Orange County, N.C., until the Orange County Board of Health identifies a permanent replacement for former director Dr. Rosemary Summers, who retired May 31.   Cilenti is deputy director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH),… Read more »

Heiss, Hussey and Holliday win School’s highest honors for mentorship and teaching

June 02, 2011 (L-R) Dr. Gerardo Heiss, Amanda Holliday, Dr. Jon Hussey Three members of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty were honored at the School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, for their roles in developing the next generation of public health leaders. Gerardo Heiss, MD, PhD, was presented with the… Read more »