Nutrition News

Gillings Merit Scholars and Gillings Dissertation Awards announced

August 29, 2017
Seventeen students were selected as recipients of Gillings Merit Scholarships or Gillings Dissertation Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. The award funds, established in 2010 to help the Gillings School recruit and support graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, were made possible through the $50 million Gillings gift and are administered through the Gillings School’s Research, Innovation and Global Solutions office.

School leaders welcome new faculty members, announce promotions

July 27, 2017
This list includes new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period between December 2016 and June 2017.

AICR report: Strong global evidence that alcohol is bad, exercise is good for breast cancer prevention

June 21, 2017
Dr. Stephen Hursting has contributed to a new report about breast cancer risk, finding strong evidence that drinking alcohol increases the risk and vigorous exercise reduces it. Hursting helped generate a report of systematic reviews about diet, nutrition, physical activity and breast cancer that was published by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

JAMA: UNC-Cal Poly online program improves weight loss after childbirth

June 20, 2017
According to a study co-authored by Dr. Deborah Tate, an internet-based weight loss program led to significant weight loss in low-income women during the year following pregnancy. Photo by Mark Stosberg.

Gillings School of Global Public Health partners with 2U to offer online graduate degrees in public health

June 14, 2017
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and 2U announced a partnership today to offer a suite of online graduate degrees for public health professionals across the country. The suite, known as MPH@UNC, will be a new Domestic Graduate Program (DGP) for 2U.

Study evaluates added sugars in packaged beverages, finds black and low-income families most at risk

June 7, 2017
Dr. Shu Wen Ng led a study that lays the groundwork for monitoring the sugar content of pre-packaged sweetened beverages and the purchases of those beverages over time. The data will be an important baseline before and after July 2018, when a federal requirement will oblige manufacturers to list “added sugars” on nutritional labeling.

Obese adults experience increased influenza risk despite being vaccinated, study finds

June 6, 2017
Melinda A. Beck, PhD, of the UNC Gillings Department of Nutrition, is the corresponding author of a new study in the International Journal of Obesity. The study found that, compared to adults of healthy weight, obese adults are twice as likely to contract the flu or a flu-like illness despite being vaccinated.

Initiatives to reduce salt in packaged foods have worked, but more can be done

June 5, 2017
Gillings School researchers have found that Americans are getting significantly less sodium from packaged foods than they did 15 years ago – but they still take in too much salt from these products.

Mayer-Davis featured in The Lancet as leader in diabetes research

June 2, 2017
Nutrition chair and distinguished professor Elizabeth Mayer-Davis is profiled in the June 1 issue of The Lancet as a leader in diabetes research.

Mayer-Davis awarded $1.9M to accelerate solutions for young adults with Type 1 diabetes

May 24, 2017
Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis has received a four-year, $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to help young people with Type 1 diabetes better control their glucose levels and weight.