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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

2021 Planning Grant Award Recipients

HPDP awards three $5,000 planning grants to UNC faculty studying pressing issues in prevention research

October 29, 2021

In 2021, the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) awarded three planning grants of approximately $5,000 each to researchers pursuing projects in health promotion and disease p … Read more

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UNC receives $3.8 million grant to study innovative weight loss program for primary care patients

June 10, 2019

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institut … Read more


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. … Read more


UNC at Chapel Hill researchers partner with Kentucky to address early childhood obesity with $3 million grant

September 25, 2018

Chapel Hill, NC – The Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is partnering with the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department for Public H … Read more

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New research project to study impact of living wage on health

May 29, 2018

Does more money equate to better health? Researchers are focusing on Minneapolis’ minimum wage increase to answer this question. University of Minnesota and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill re … Read more

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Samuel-Hodge receives the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award

April 23, 2018

Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, is the 2018 Barr awardee. Samuel-Hodge, who earned a doctorate in nutrition in 2000 at the Gillings School, joined the Gillings School faculty in 2003. She has won a number o … Read more

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Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group hosts visit from Australian research fellow

March 29, 2018

The Children’s Healthy Weight Research (CHWR) group was fortunate to host a visit from Dr. Serene Yoong, a post-doctoral research fellow from the School of Medicine and Public Health at The University … Read more

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HPDP research part of UNC obesity initiatives highlighted by ASPPH

January 19, 2018

Several HPDP research projects were featured in obesity initiatives at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health highlighted by the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH). … Read more

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UNC study shows need for increased support to North Carolina childcare workers

October 3, 2017

CHAPEL HILL- Teaching in child care is a rewarding and important job, yet 42% of the North Carolina adults who provide child care live below the national poverty threshold, 66% fight obesity, and 36% … Read more