‘100% Vitamin C’ marketing claims increase appeal of sugary fruit drinks

March 24, 2020
Sugar-sweetened beverages are a major factor in the obesity epidemic among both children and adults, and fruit-flavored drinks with added sugar are by far the most popular variety of these among children. In a new study, UNC researchers examine how adding vitamin claims, fruit images and health warnings to the labels of fruit drinks affected consumers’ perceptions.

Two health behavior students launch a healthier creative concept

March 18, 2020
Seeing a need to address gaps in public health communication efforts, health behavior graduate students Emily Newman and Kathryn Carpenter have launched a new business venture, Newman Carpenter.

Coronavirus affects everyone: The Gillings School responds

March 16, 2020
As countries around the globe work to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 — which causes the illness COVID-19 — researchers and practitioners in every discipline at the Gillings School are turning their expertise into action to support the pandemic response.

Health Policy Research Scholars champion racial equity in public health

March 3, 2020
Jennifer Richmond and Samuel Baxter are both doctoral candidates at the UNC Gillings School. They’re also emerging leaders with plans to make patient care — and the public health field — more equitable.

Alcohol problems cost Baltimore more than $2 per drink

March 2, 2020
A new study models how cities can estimate the true cost of alcohol.

For adults with multiple chronic conditions, there is room for improvement in engagement with patients and families

February 18, 2020
People with multiple chronic conditions often rely on support from family members when managing treatment and making health care decisions, but few documented medical interventions exist that focus on engaging both patients and their families.

Closing liquor stores in Baltimore residential neighborhoods could prevent 22 homicides, save $27.5M each year

February 13, 2020
In the wake of the implementation of TransForm Baltimore, which included provisions to remove liquor stores from Baltimore’s residential neighborhoods, new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins University shows that closing 80 of these liquor stores could prevent 22 homicides and save $27.5 million each year.

Researchers find little progress on alcohol policy globally, call for stronger approach

February 11, 2020
Almost ten years ago, the World Health Organization adopted a voluntary global strategy for reducing harmful use of alcohol. A new survey shows it isn’t working.

Pictures on cigarette warning labels can help smokers kick the habit despite lack of effect on risk beliefs

February 5, 2020
A new study co-led by Dr. Noel Brewer has found that pictures on cigarette warning labels increase the likelihood that smokers will quit even though they do not increase belief in the risk of harm smoking can cause.

UNC and Shanghai collaborate on promising models for the global challenge of diabetes

February 3, 2020
Dr. Edwin Fisher and Peers for Progress have collaborated with colleagues in Shanghai on a paper showing the contributions of peer support to diabetes management as part of a special section of Translational Behavioral Medicine devoted to prevention and management of diabetes in varied international settings.

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