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HPDP awards $5,000 planning grant to Researcher Studying Early Care and Education Needs in Racially and Ethnically Minoritized Communities

August 10, 2023

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has awarded to Dr. Falon Smith, MS, PhD, a planning grant of $5,000 to conduct a research project on early care and education needs in racial … Read more

Willis Receives an R01 Grant to Assess the Accuracy of Wearable Devices to Measure Children’s Screen Time

February 2, 2023

Dr. Erik Willis, PhD, and his Observations for Wellness and Learning Lab have received an R01 grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to evaluate the accuracy of wearable devices in measurin … Read more

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Murray receives $2 million to enhance resilience among middle schoolers using mindfulness

December 8, 2022

Dr. Desiree W. Murray, PhD, has received a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)1 to adapt a mindfulness-based social-emotional learning program, called Be CALM (Cool, Attentive, Logica … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more