Nutrition News

Gillings School celebrates 'food hero' Alice Ammerman on World Food Day 2020

October 16, 2020
Food insecurity impacts more than 1.4 million people in North Carolina. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, these numbers have increased. Dr. Alice Ammerman is leading one innovative approach to a solution: creating standardized procedures for food vendors to safely donate excess prepared food.

Chatham Food Hub helps communities access local food during COVID-19 pandemic

August 18, 2020
The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and UNC Health worked with Chatham County and N.C. State Extension partners to create a one-stop food hub at Bray Park in Siler City. The hub offers free meals and non-perishable foods for low-income customers as well as meals for purchase from local restaurants and farmers struggling to remain solvent during the pandemic.

Americans are consuming less sugar but more nonnutritive sweeteners

July 29, 2020
A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that United States household purchases of foods and beverages containing caloric sweeteners declined between 2002 and 2018. However, purchases of products containing both caloric sweeteners and nonnutritive sweeteners increased.