Preventing risks to women, children and families is at the heart of public health

May 16, 2012   UNC’s maternal and child health department has a long history of field work aimed at preventing problems related to pregnancy, prenatal health, infant feeding problems, and maternal safety and health. Maternal and child health chair Dr. Herbert Peterson is excited about the department’s focus on implementation science–the study of methods to… Read more »

Dreaming of A Time

May 16, 2012   Prevention was the seed fromwhich North Carolina’s public health school grew.   In the early 20th century, the ravages of poverty and lack of education in the mostly rural southern state made its people vulnerable to hookworm, smallpox, typhoid, tuberculosis, venereal diseases, and diseases of nutritional deficiency, including rickets. This was… Read more »

Preventing health problems and birth defects, courtesy of genetics

May 16, 2012   The nutrient choline is essential for normal brain development in babies, and adults need it for normal liver and muscle function. Now UNC public health researchers find that some people need more of this nutrient than others, and a specific gene, called PEMT, may determine that need. Dr. Steven Zeisel led… Read more »

Preventing risks to women, children and families is at the heart of public health

May 16, 2012   UNC’s maternal and child health department has a long history of field work aimed at preventing problems related to pregnancy, prenatal health, infant feeding problems, and maternal safety and health. Maternal and child health chair Dr. Herbert Peterson is excited about the department’s focus on implementation science–the study of methods to… Read more »

From the Dean’s desk

December 27, 2011 Share   Dr. Barbara K. Rimer In spite of serious budget cuts over the last three years, our faculty and staff members remain dynamic, committed and focused upon teaching the next generation of public health leaders and solving some of the great public health challenges — here in North Carolina and around… Read more »

For weight loss, working together is often the best approach

  November 29, 2010 The Active Living by Design grantee in Columbia, Mo., has worked hard to mobilize the community to bike more often. Here, several families enjoy a crisp fall morning. Photo courtesy of Active Living By Design. The prescription for losing excess weight and avoiding heart disease and diabetes sounds simple – eat… Read more »

Fit and healthy for a lifetime

November 29, 2010   UNC public health faculty, students and alumni discover ways to trim down the obesity epidemicA 10-year-old girl runs into her house in tears. During her first day of fifth grade at a new school, children made fun of her weight. At recess, nobody chose her for their soccer team, saying she… Read more »

Active Living By Design

November 29, 2010   Elementary school kids in Seattle enjoy a snack provided by the local Healthy Eating by Design program. Photo courtesy of Active Living By Design. In the mid-2000s, Lynda Kinnane – and others in the beautiful mountain town of Burnsville, N.C. – had a major concern. “We were seeing a lot of… Read more »

The world is fat

  November 29, 2010 * Our article uses the title of a popular treatise by Dr. Barry Popkin, The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race (New York, Penguin Books, 2008). For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/theworldisfat.   Across North Carolina and around the world, researchers from UNC… Read more »

Is perceived racism a risk factor for obesity?

November 29, 2010   Dr. Anissa Vines (photo by Linda Kastleman) Does perceived racism contribute to higher rates of obesity among African-Americans? The question is complicated. “Right now, the literature is not at all consistent on the question of whether exposure to racism increases obesity risk,” says Anissa I. Vines, PhD, epidemiology research assistant professor… Read more »