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Willis wins ACSM New Investigator Award and presents preliminary research on methods to measure children’s screen time

June 17, 2022

Erik Willis, PhD, a research scientist with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), is the recipient of a 2022 New Investigator Award from the American College of Sports Medicin … Continued


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

February 4, 2022

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) provides space and logistical support for a unique laboratory — the “UNC Mini Mart.” The Mini Mart is set up to mimic a convenience st … Continued


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HPDP’s Dianne Ward, EdD, named as one of the world’s top experts in child care research

November 23, 2021

HPDP’s Dianne Ward, EdD, has been recognized as a “World Expert” in child care by Expertscape, a service that ranks the expertise of researchers in biomedical fields. She is among the top 0.062% of pu … Continued


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No Kid Hungry NC, Carolina Hunger Initiative support meals for children during COVID-19 school closures

July 21, 2020

Nationwide, families who rely on school meals for breakfast and lunch are worried about feeding their children. In North Carolina, an organization at UNC-Chapel Hill is reducing that stress. No Kid Hu … Continued


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Food for All Partnership convenes urgent meeting about COVID-19 impact on food systems

March 20, 2020

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Food for All Partnership convened an urgent virtual meeting on March 18 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on food systems in North Carolina and potential responses. The partnership i … Continued


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Soldavini receives inaugural UNCG/NCCC Engaged Scholarship Prize

March 19, 2020

Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD, LDN, is the winner of the UNCG/NCCC inaugural Engaged Scholarship Prize in the graduate student category. Soldavini is a graduate research assistant with No Kid Hungry Nort … Continued


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Soldavini receives two-year predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture

October 7, 2019

Jessica Soldavini, a graduate research assistant at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), has received a prestigious predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of … Continued


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UNC-Chapel Hill’s NAPSACC program receives national recognition as “best evidence for impact” on childhood obesity

May 23, 2019

A March 2019 brief by Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, states that NAPSACC has the “best evidence for impact” on obesity prevention in young children. … Continued


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N.C. Child Hunger Leaders Conference connects nutrition, health, and education

February 20, 2019

Nearly 350 people gathered in Chapel Hill on February 13, 2019 for the North Carolina Child Hunger Leaders Conference, where the theme this year was “Use Your Voice: Stories and Strategies to Feed Mor … Continued


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Eight states join Go NAPSACC, UNC-Chapel Hill’s web-based health promotion tool for child care programs

January 11, 2019

  Chapel Hill, NC – In 2019, Go NAPSACC will be in 20 states working to improve the health of young children. Developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Go NAPSACC is an online … Continued