Nutrition News

Public health school authors describe international health initiatives in NC Medical Journal

January 31, 2011 Dr. Tom Ricketts The current issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal (NCMJ) includes articles by a number of faculty and staff members and students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The issue, “International Health Initiatives in North Carolina,” highlights North Carolina-based activities to improve health around the world. Commentaries… Read more »

Infants perceived as ‘fussy’ are more likely to receive solid foods too early

January 28, 2011 A new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers reasons why some mothers feed their infants complementary foods (juice, solids) before the infants are four months old, including the mothers’ perception that the infants are “fussy” and would be soothed by the introduction of complementary food…. Read more »

Mayer-Davis and Van Horn appointed by President to national public health advisory group

January 28, 2011 Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor of nutrition in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Sharon… Read more »

Mayer-Davis receives funding for SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study

The nation’s largest study of childhood diabetes has been funded again for five years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, marking the beginning of the study’s 11th year of assessing the impact of diabetes on the health and well-being of youth.  … Read more »

Ammerman blogs about her community garden project in Caswell County

January 12, 2011 Dr. Alice Ammerman Public health faculty member Alice Ammerman, DrPH, and health behavior and health education master’s student Marian Sadler were guest authors recently for the blog, “Community and Economic Development in North Carolina and Beyond,” hosted by the UNC School of Government.   Ammerman is professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings… Read more »

Mayer-Davis to lead health care and education for American Diabetes Association

January 06, 2011 Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis Elizabeth J. Mayer-Davis, MSPH, PhD, RD, nutrition professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In this role, she will serve as primary spokesperson… Read more »

Dr. Mirek Styblo awarded NIH grant to create ViCTER

  Dr. Styblo In fall 2010, the team led by Dr. Mirek Styblo (UNC Nutrition) was awarded NIH grant to create Virtual Consortium for Translational/Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (ViCTER). This ViCTER is built around the existing NIH-funded project Environmental Arsenic and Diabetes Mellitus (PI, Styblo) that uses a translational approach to characterize the association between chronic… Read more »

North Carolina to serve as FoodCorps site in 10-state launch

December 21, 2010 North Carolina has been selected as one of 10 states to pilot FoodCorps, a new national AmeriCorps school garden and Farm-to-School service program that aims to serve vulnerable children by improving access to healthy, affordable food. Dr. Alice Ammerman Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

12 public health students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

December 17, 2010 Twelve current and former undergraduates studying at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health recently were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored of college honorary societies.   Leah Vance Brittany Papworth The eight students recently inducted are Katherine Wesley Byerly, of Chapel Hill, N.C., senior health policy… Read more »

UNC-ChildFund Commissioned Innovation Lab to improve lives of vulnerable infants

December 02, 2010 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has forged a partnership with ChildFund International, a 72-year-old charity based in Virginia, to improve the lives and health of vulnerable, excluded and deprived children from birth to age two.The Commissioned Innovation Lab will develop and test an evidence-based program in two countries that can… Read more »