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Caitlin Lowery receives poster award at UNC’s Graduate Research and Policy Expo

April 18, 2022

Caitlin Lowery, a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill and a researcher at the Global Food Research Program, won first prize in the Graduate Research and Policy Expo (GRaPE), organized by UNC’s policy group (SPAG).Lowery's poster was entitled "Was a short-term COVID-relief fruit and vegetable subsidy program associated with changes in…

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Picture warnings on sodas? A promising tool to fight childhood obesity

February 1, 2022

A study published today in the journal PLOS Medicine is the first to examine in a realistic setting whether pictorial health warnings on sugary drinks — like juice and soda — influence which beverages parents buy for their children. The findings are promising: The warnings reduced parental purchases of sugary drinks for their kids by…

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Produce prescriptions can save money. New project asks how much?

January 4, 2022

A new project will be exploring the benefits of food prescription programs, which provide a monthly electronic benefit for participants to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. In early studies, this type of intervention has been shown to improve health outcomes. With a $765,000 grant from The Duke Endowment, this project will investigate a new facet…

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In South Africa, a tax on unhealthy beverages is changing what people drink

May 25, 2021

A UNC-Chapel Hill study of beverage consumption in a South African township shows that a country-wide tax on sugary beverages has worked to influence more healthy personal choices, with individuals reporting a reduction in the amount of sugar they drink. “Taxed and untaxed beverage intake by South African young adults after a national sugar-sweetened beverage…

Innovative online grocery store model takes nutrition research to a new level

May 10, 2021

May 6, 2021 By Courtney Mitchell Researchers have developed a new online store that can be used for testing the impact of different policies and interventions on consumers’ purchasing behavior. Lola’s Grocery was designed to have the look and feel of a typical modern online grocery. Users can search for a bag of organic Gala…

For a healthier world, target ultra-processed foods

April 15, 2021

Researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Global Food Research Program (GFRP) have spent years evaluating the role that food plays in health, obesity and disease, as well as the public health policies that can moderate the negative impacts of unhealthy food and beverages on quality of life around the world. In a new paper, published April 15,…

South African beverage tax has reduced purchases of sugar-sweetened beverages

April 8, 2021

A new study shows that South Africa’s 2018 tax on sugary beverages led to a reduction in purchases of the beverages, which could mean purchasers are consuming less excess sugar and calories. Shu Wen Ng, PhD, Associate Professor and Distinguished Scholar in Public Health Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is…

Study shows Latino families more likely to have purchased toddler milk

February 25, 2021

Though multiple national health organizations recommend against giving toddler milk – a nutrient-fortified drink for children ages 12 months to 3 years that often contains added sugars – to young children, a new study suggests Latino families may be at particularly high risk for purchasing the product. The study from authors at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings…

Unhealthy food advertising disproportionately targets children in Colombia

February 24, 2021

February 23, 2021 By Courtney Mitchell Children in Colombia are exposed to a disproportionate amount of television advertisements that market unhealthy foods and beverages, a practice which puts them at greater risk for obesity-related health issues as adults. Researchers affiliated with the Global Food Research Program at UNC-Chapel Hill published the results of their new…