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Chris Ford

Chris Ford

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.]


comms_water-institute-technology-contest-2 Water Institute to host ‘Future of Technologies for Water’ competition

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.]

Brooke Nezami

Ms. Nezami

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.]

Dr. Laura Linnan

Dr. Linnan

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.]