July 6, 2020 A recent study — the largest of its kind in any non-European population — demonstrates that while different populations of people share similar genetic predispositions for Type 2 diabetes, they also have some genetic variations that can alter their susceptibility to developing the disease.
June 23, 2020 Amanda Holliday has been selected by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) board to serve a three-year term as a program reviewer. Her term begins this month.
May 22, 2020 Agnes Ezekwesili, a Morehead-Cain Scholar and recent graduate from the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program in nutrition, has received the George Moses Horton Award for Multicultural Leadership.
May 12, 2020 For years, the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study has been monitoring the increase in diabetes cases in young people across the United States. A new update in that data shows that this increase is continuing in five U.S. locations, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities.
May 6, 2020 “These results show that the tax is lowering the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks among an adult cohort over the first three-years of the tax implementation,” says Dr. Shu Wen Ng. “In particular, it lowered the proportion of medium and high consumers of the beverages, while increasing the share of adults who were low-consumers and non-consumers.”
April 17, 2020 In Arizona, online MPH student Jeannie Hong is serving dual roles as a U.S. Public Health Service officer and a pharmacist for patients in a Native American and Alaska Native community. Nutrition graduate student Kayla Ferro and her peers are serving vulnerable homeless populations in the heart of Orange County. In Nevada, health behavior alumnus Peter Reed has collaborated on a statewide response plan to help older adults get the services they need while in isolation.
April 17, 2020 Students at the Gillings School voted recently to select eight of the School’s most innovative classroom teachers for the annual Teaching Excellence and Innovation Awards.
April 6, 2020 The UNC Graduate School has announced that nine of the 17 Impact and Horizon awardees for 2020 are students or recent graduates of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The awards acknowledge student research that benefits the people of North Carolina.
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.
March 23, 2020 UNC-Chapel Hill’s Food for All Partnership convened an urgent virtual meeting to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on food systems in North Carolina — and to brainstorm potential responses.