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Families with preschoolers purchasing fewer high-calorie beverages
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. So finds a study led by Chris Ford, MPH, doctoral student in nutrition, published July 18 in AJPM. [Read more.]
The Water Institute at UNC, part of the Gillings School, has partnered with Takata Corporation to host the first Future Technologies for Water Competition. Open to applicants worldwide now through Thursday, July 31, the contest aims to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water with a sustainable business plan. The top two finalists receive prizes of $15,000 and $5,000. [Read more.]
Nezami wins Gillings Dissertation Award
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. [Read more.]
Barber shops, beauty salons are effective venues for promoting health education
Barbershops and beauty salons have long been seen as excellent venues for handing out health information and increasing community awareness. But how effective are these settings at getting the word out and improving health outcomes? Laura A. Linnan ScD, professor of health behavior, conducted the first synthesis review of the literature on outcomes associated with barbershop and beauty salon-based activities. [Read more.]