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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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HPDP Blog

June 15, 2020

HPDP Team Members Contribute to a New Blog Addressing Systemic/Structural Racism, Police Violence, and COVID-19 Our mission at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) is to promo … Continued


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Study finds excess medical costs associated with metastatic breast cancer, especially among younger women

May 20, 2020

A study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that metastatic breast cancer is associated with substantial excess health care costs for patients. Using statistical modeling base … 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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With $3.375 million in renewed funding, UNC-Chapel Hill hosts kickoff meeting of Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network

January 29, 2020

Fifty-three cancer researchers from eight different academic institutions around the country and their federal agency partners met in Chapel Hill on January 27 and 28 to launch the next five years of … Continued


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Statement from the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention on Silent Sam

December 20, 2019

While we appreciate the efforts of the UNC-Chapel Hill administration in forever removing the Silent Sam Confederate monument from our campus, we are saddened and sickened by the Board of Governors’ ( … Continued


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Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network produces supplemental issue of Preventive Medicine highlighting disparities in cancer prevention and control

December 16, 2019

In 2019, nearly 2 million Americans will receive a cancer diagnosis and more than 600,000 will die of cancer. Cancer diagnoses and deaths are disproportionately high among people who live in rural cou … Continued


Jessica 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 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 … 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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CDC renews HPDP’s center grant to study chronic disease prevention

May 13, 2019

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a five-year renewal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent … 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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HPDP makes donation to support ongoing hurricane relief efforts

January 30, 2019

Although North Carolina’s weather no longer shows any signs of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, many affected communities are still engaging in long-term recovery efforts. The UNC Center for Health Pr … 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


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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 … Continued


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Good Bowls: A recipe for health equity

May 29, 2018

Short-term and long-term health can be dictated by a paycheck, a home address, or another social determinant, but Good Bowls is a new initiative seeking to change that. Alice Ammerman, director of UNC … Continued


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 … Continued


CHANGE project part of AAMC Health Equity Snapshot 2018

May 22, 2018

As a part of their continued commitment to improving the health of individuals and populations, academic medical centers are conducting research to find solutions for inequities in health and health c … Continued


Wheeler to present at the Hettleman Award Lecture

April 23, 2018

Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, is to present at this year’s Hettleman Award Lecture on Tuesday, May 1, in the Tate Turner Kuralt Auditorium. Presentations … Continued


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 … Continued


Ammerman awarded the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for engaged research

April 16, 2018

Alice Ammerman, DrPH, director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Mildred Kaufman distinguished professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health … Continued


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 … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill receives grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help child care bring fresh and local foods to children

March 16, 2018

Chapel Hill, NC – New resources for child care programs from the nationally recognized Go NAPSACC platform will incorporate the elements of farm-to-table eating starting in March 2018.  Researchers wi … Continued


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New collaborative research project to provide a prescription for fruits and veggies

January 19, 2018

A new study led by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University will provide a weekly allotment of locally grown vegetables to low-income, high-ri … Continued


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). … Continued


Dr. Carmen Samuel-Hodge: Teacher, Mentor and Dedicated Researcher

December 5, 2017

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health recently featured Dr. Carmen Samuel-Hodge, the co-principal investigator of our Applied Research Project, CHANGE, and the Center’s Evaluation Core lead, … Continued


Go NAPSACC Launches Oral Health Tools to Assist Child Care Providers

November 21, 2017

Tooth decay, the most common chronic childhood disease, can affect overall health. Chapel Hill, NC – UNC Chapel Hill’s Go NAPSACC (GNS) announces an addition to its online program to help child care p … Continued


University of North Carolina Investigators Awarded New CDC Funding to Study the Economic Burden of Metastatic Breast Cancer

November 20, 2017

Stephanie Wheeler and Justin Trogdon of the University of North Carolina were awarded CDC funding for SIP 17-004, Assessing the Lifetime Economic Burden in Younger, Midlife, and Older Women with Metas … Continued


HPDP Research Fellows Reception 2017

November 20, 2017

HPDP hosted a reception for our Research Fellows on September 26, 2017. The event gave our Fellows a chance to get to know one another and learn about the services provided by the Center. To learn mor … Continued


“Taking the Bull by the Horns”: Four Principles to Align Public Health, Primary Care, and Community Efforts to Improve Rural Cancer Control

November 20, 2017

To urban city dwellers, rural life can seem idyllic—a slower pace, easy-to-access outdoor recreation, and close ties to family, friends, and the community. What may not be as obvious is the extent to … Continued


P30 HPV Supplement Grants Awarded to CPCRN Investigators at the University of Iowa and Oregon Health and Science University

November 20, 2017

University of Iowa and the The Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute have both been awarded P30 HPV Supplement Grants for NCI-Designated Cancer Centers. Continue reading


HPDP Research at APHA 2017

November 6, 2017

HPDP researchers are presenting their work at the American Public Health Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo. This year’s theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health”. The … Continued


To Alice Ammerman, public health is public service

October 4, 2017

To her many talents, nutrition professor Alice Ammerman can now add hip-hop artist. The Thomas Jefferson Award winner accepted her award at the Sept. 8 Faculty Council meeting by performing a Hamilton … Continued


Stephanie Wheeler honored with Hettleman award

October 4, 2017

Wheeler is a decision scientist whose research focuses on understanding and improving cancer care access, equity, quality, value and outcomes, with a focus on vulnerable populations. She leads the nat … Continued


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% … Continued


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Ammerman named first Mildred Kaufman Professor of nutrition

April 28, 2017

Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has been named the inaugural … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2016 Harvey Award funds projects focused on hunger and educational success for children in foster care

April 24, 2017

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— April 20, 2017) – Faculty members from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and schools of medicine, education and soc … Continued


No Kid Hungry Graduate Research Assistant, Jessica Soldavini, receives Community Engagement Fellowship

April 10, 2017

Jessica Soldavini, a Graduate Research Assistant for No Kid Hungry, recently received a Community Engagement Fellowship for her Food for the Summer project. The Community Engagement Fellowship program … Continued


Schneider to receive Paper of the Year Award from the Society for Public Health Education

March 24, 2017

Ellen C. Schneider, MBA, Research Scientist at HPDP, will receive the Sarah Mazelis Best Paper of the Year Award for Health Promotion Practice on March 31st at the Society for Public Health Education’ … Continued


Public Health Experts Celebrate 30 Years of CDC’s Prevention Research Solutions for Communities with Health Disparities

February 20, 2017

  UNC HPDP February 16, 2017 – It has been 30 years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) envisioned the creation of a bridge between academic public health research and publ … Continued


Help from a family member can help adults with type 2 diabetes lose weight and manage their health

February 1, 2017

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Working with a family member can help adults with type 2 diabetes lose weight and improve their health, according to a UNC study published in the January 2017 issue of Obesity. Famil … Continued


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HPDP receives $1.5 million to develop diabetes self-management education toolkit

November 21, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), a CDC Prevention Research Center, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was awarded a $1.5 million contrac … Continued


HPDP Research Fellow honored by Obesity Society

November 15, 2016

“The impact of their work will be felt for many years to come.” Dianne Stanton Ward, EdD, a fellow at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), was recently awarded the the 20 … Continued


HPDP Research at APHA 2016

October 31, 2016

HPDP researchers are presenting their work at the American Public Health Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo. This year’s theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health” … Continued


HPDP Research Fellow gives keynote address at New Mexico Conference on Aging

September 6, 2016

On August 24th, Ellen Schneider, a Research Fellow at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, gave a keynote address for the 38th annual meeting of the New Mexico Conference on Agi … Continued


New Mediterranean-style diet pattern leads to weight loss and improved blood pressure

August 25, 2016

A UNC research study recently published in BMC Public Health shows that incorporating a Mediterranean-style diet is likely to facilitate weight loss and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. The Hear … Continued


HPDP employee establishes community garden project

August 25, 2016

A recently established garden project at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) and other surrounding areas acts as a haven for staff and community members to relax and medi … Continued


Newly funded project will ease parental concerns and help providers recommend HPV vaccine to help prevent cancer

August 23, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, NC –  The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine has been available for a decade, but many adolescents do not receive the vaccine, putting them at risk for several cancers. A new project at … Continued


Go NAP SACC program revamps their website

August 1, 2016

The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care program, currently known as Go NAP SACC, recently revamped their website. Besides the updated look, the new renovations to the websit … Continued


Building a partnership in Hertford County, NC with Community Health Workers

July 14, 2016

[rev_slider alias=”CHANGE”]   The Carolina Heart Alliance Networking for Greater Equity (CHANGE) is testing an innovative program to encourage healthy habits and reduce the risk forheart disease … Continued


Partnership Spotlight: Exploring Six Years of Community Engagement

May 2, 2016

*A printable version of this timeline is available at the bottom of the page How can you see the impact of engaged research? Sometimes all you need to do is look at what’s being served to drink at the … Continued


De Marco receives Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for research

March 31, 2016

Molly De Marco, PhD, Research Fellow and project director in the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) and research assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School … Continued


Women’s Health Month Highlight: CARE (Caring and Reaching for Health)

March 23, 2016

This story is the second in our series celebrating research by and for women in celebration of Women’s History Month. To see the first, go to:Click Here  By Merve Sherifi, 2016 Communications Intern C … Continued


Women’s Health Month Highlight: COMPARE-UF seeks to understand treatment options for uterine fibroids

March 2, 2016

By Jake Ford, 2016 Communications Intern In recognition of Women’s History Month, we at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention will be posting a weekly tribute to the work done by … Continued


Students in Orange County Schools rate new healthy menu options at Try-Day Friday

December 22, 2015

  Click here to see a news story on this project from WRAL.com HILLSBOROUGH- The childhood obesity epidemic has brought many different ideas and approaches to helping children learn to eat more h … Continued


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

December 4, 2015

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


Lightfoot honored by APHA for community-based public health research

November 25, 2015

Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, received the 2015 Tom Bruce Award at a Nov. 3 meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Lightfoot is a research assistant professor in the Department of Healt … Continued


HPDP researchers present their work at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

November 4, 2015

Researchers at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention presented their work at 16 sessions of the 2015 American Public Health Association Meeting held in Chicago, IL this week. See … Continued


No Kid Hungry receives Friend of School Nutrition Award from NC Department of Public Instruction

November 4, 2015

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction awarded No Kid Hungry North Carolina the Friend of School Nutrition Award at the annual School Nutrition Conference on November 2nd. The award is gi … Continued


Community shows psychological, spiritual and social components of heart health through photo research project

October 1, 2015

CHAPEL HILL-People in at-risk communities see heart health as more than just physical health and include psychological, spiritual and social health as well, according to research from UNC-Chapel Hill … Continued


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Five states selected to pilot GO NAP SACC and improve health habits in young children

October 1, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Go NAP SACC is a North Carolina child care initiative that is expanding into five new states. Go NAP SACC is an online tool that helps child care programs foster healthy eating and … Continued


“BEAUTY is a Balancing Act” to test new venue to deliver health awareness messages and falls prevention education

September 23, 2015

Falls Prevention Awareness Week in North Carolina runs September 21 through 26 (Chapel Hill, N.C.—September 21, 2015) – The Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Cha … Continued


HPDP to host Urban Alchemy book club discussion

September 15, 2015

Following the success of our Just Mercy book club, HPDP will facilitate another center-wide discussion of the book Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities on Thursday, November 19, … Continued


SNAP-Ed/EFNEP Southern Regional Center of Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention hosts webinar training series

August 25, 2015

Last week, the SNAP-Ed/EFNEP Southern Regional Center of Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (RNECE-South) hosted the first of an ongoing series of training opportunities addressi … Continued


HPDP researchers partner with Cornell to prevent childhood obesity and boost bottom line for NC farmers

August 20, 2015

Researchers at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention are working as part of a national project to study whether making fresh produce easily accessible to low-income families will … Continued


No Kid Hungry NC on My Carolina Today

August 5, 2015

  Tamara Baker, of No Kid Hungry NC, appeared on WNCN-NBC 17’s My Carolina Today yesterday to speak about how the organization is working to ensure kids across the state have enough to eat. Watch … Continued


HPDP to feature APHA’s summer webinar series about racism’s impact on health and disparities

July 24, 2015

HPDP will join the leadership of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in a summer webinar series discussing the impact of racism on public health and disparities. During the first webinar, he … Continued


Doctoral candidate Black awarded University Cancer Research Fund grant

July 24, 2015

Kristin Z. Black, doctoral candidate in maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and HPDP graduate research assistant, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Uni … Continued


HPDP’s Altpeter, Shubert and Schneider contibute to Frontiers in Public Health eBook

June 26, 2015

HPDP Research Fellows Mary Altpeter, PhD, Tiffany Shubert, PhD, MPT, and Ellen Schneider, MBA, have contributed to the recently published eBook, “Frontiers in Public Health – Public Health Education a … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill explores “Food for All” with 2015-2017 campus theme

May 10, 2015

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will come together at a common table when it examines food and food studies as its 2015-2017 university-wide academic theme. “Food for All: Local and Gl … Continued


Envisioning Health Project combats explicit bias in health care

May 10, 2015

In her recent post for The OBSSR Connector, the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research’s blog, Mimi Chapman, MSW, PhD, introduces the Envisioning Health Project.  The transdisciplinary … Continued


ResearchTalk announces Spring Seminar Series and Summer Intensive events

April 27, 2015

ResearchTalk, a qualitative research consulting and professional development company, is offering courses in qualitative inquiry, taught by leading scholars in the field. Qualitative Spring Seminar Se … Continued


UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler Business School students sponsor BBQ fundraiser to fight childhood hunger

April 21, 2015

The first “Q for the Kids” fundraiser benefiting No Kid Hungry NC is scheduled for May 6 from 5-8 p.m. in the McColl Courtyard of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, located at 300 Kenan Drive, in … Continued


Health behavior doctoral student Jayne Jeffries receives GEAB Impact Award for her work with Food Explorers

April 16, 2015

Each year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduate school recognizes graduate students for the contributions they are making in North Carolina with the Graduate Education Advancemen … Continued


Alice Ammerman to discuss link between sustainable local food systems and health April 16

April 15, 2015

HPDP Director Alice Ammerman will be the second speaker in the What’s the Big Idea? Spring 2015 Food for Thought series at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education on Thursday, April … Continued


Dr. Samuel-Hodge Honored For Mentoring Women of Color

March 26, 2015

Written by Jennie Saia Public Communications Specialist, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at The University of North Caro … Continued


UNC Chapel Hill-RTI Collaboration Chosen as Prime Contractor to Support State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Chronic Disease and Promote School Health

March 9, 2015

A research collaboration between the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) and RTI International has been selected as a prime contractor to support state and local public healt … Continued


New website provides a one-stop shop for UNC-developed health promotion interventions and resources

February 11, 2015

UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) recently launched Research4NC.org. This new website centralizes health promotion and disease prevention programs and resources that UNC … Continued


HPDP-affiliated instructors bring research to the classroom

January 9, 2015

Members of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention family will be teaching various courses in nutrition, health behavior, research methodologies and epidemiology at the University i … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Receives Funding to Improve Obesity Prevention for Families Receiving Government Assistance

November 6, 2014

A new partnership with NC State aims to bring more strategic obesity prevention services to those with a limited budget in underserved communities. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has … Continued


New research center will explore ways to encourage healthy food choices

October 29, 2014

A new center will combine the expertise of researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University to develop strategies to promote healthy food choices, particularly among … Continued


Would you eat that doughnut if you knew you had to walk two miles to burn it off?

October 13, 2014

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded UNC researchers from the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health more than $2 million to study the effects of physical activity food label … Continued


HPDP receives receives $3.75 million to conduct prevention research

October 7, 2014

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention continues to bring essential health promotion resources to underserved areas of North Carolina with an initial focus on heart disease in Hertford … Continued


Researchers Enter Heart Healthy Hushpuppies in BBQ Festival

September 17, 2014

A group of HPDP researchers recently entered their heart healthy hushpuppies in the Kinston BBQ Festival. Check out the video to see if they won! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr-YBe6ggWY&featur … Continued


HALF of NC Schools Commit to Expand Breakfast with Help from No Kid Hungry NC

September 11, 2014

No Kid Hungry North Carolina, under leadership of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) and the Southeast … Continued


Counter Tobacco’s Point-of-sale Photo Contest

August 15, 2014

Counter Tobacco launched their third annual photo contest yesterday.  Each year, Counter Tobacco holds a photo contest encouraging the public to use their mobile devices to capture the tobacco industr … Continued


NC high school students embrace public health advocacy

May 30, 2014

A group of North Carolina high school students are making strides in public health and youth advocacy, thanks to a partnership with the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Stren … Continued


Web-based and live counseling programs can reduce patients’ risk for heart disease

May 26, 2014

Web-based and live counseling programs can effectively reduce the risk of heart disease for patients at high risk for the disease, and web-based programs are particularly cost effective, according to … Continued


Eleven student researchers graduating this year

May 12, 2014

Each year HPDP welcomes students as part of our research teams. We hire undergraduate and graduate students to give real-word experience in implementing public health research. This year, eleven HPDP … Continued


2014 Summer and Fall Student Internship in Health Communications

May 9, 2014

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) works to bring public health research findings to the daily lives of individuals and communities with a special focus on North Carolin … Continued


HPDP research seek voice for immigrant populations

May 8, 2014

HPDP researchers Eugenia Eng and Alexandra  Lightfoot and community partner Florence Siman are working with an interdisciplinary team at UNC on the Envisioning Health Project.  Envisioning Health is l … Continued


No Kid Hungry NC joins HPDP

May 8, 2014

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) is excited to announce a new initiative with No Kid Hungry North Carolina to help expand access to federal nutrition programs includin … Continued


Workplace intervention promotes healthy child care workers

April 2, 2014

The health and wellness of NC child care workers will will be getting a boost thanks to a new intervention program at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Care2BWell, which is d … Continued


HPDP researchers connect community members with hospitals in Lehigh Valley

March 5, 2014

After a two year partnership with the UNC Office of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, five area hospitals in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania have ratified the Community Health Needs Assessment and … Continued


HPDP Deputy Director publishes guide for engaging faith-based communities

February 17, 2014

HPDP Researcher Lori Carter-Edwards, Ph.D., recently published a chapter in Lead the way: principles and practices in community and civic engagement, a book that will act as a public health guide for … Continued


Tobacco cessation research provides resources for policymakers and practitioners

November 22, 2013

On October 30, the New York City Council passed new legislation raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. HPDP Research Fellow Kurt Ribisl and project manager Ashley Leighton submitted … Continued


Travel, trains and food policy change

November 8, 2013

Train tracks and food waste reduction may seem like an unusual pair, but to Daniella Uslan, the two make perfect sense together. In August, Uslan boarded the Millennial Train and set out to explore fo … Continued


Local restaurants working with Heart Healthy Lenoir to help their customers make healthy choices when eating out

November 8, 2013

Making healthy choices while eating out in Lenoir County just got easier.  Three Lenoir County restaurants are working with the Heart Healthy Lenoir Project to promote healthy options on their menus. … Continued


Obesity Prevention Shifts to State’s Youngest Children

September 10, 2013

RALEIGH – With obesity rates at an all time high and health costs increasing, researchers from the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) recently participated in a task force c … Continued


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Heart to Health sets baseline for evaluating heart disease prevention programs

September 6, 2013

As heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the US, researchers at the UNC Office of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention are working to evaluate and develop effective prevention program … Continued


Food Explorers program kicks off healthy eating in Rockingham County Schools

August 28, 2013

As parents and students crowded the halls of Rockingham County Schools for Open House, they were greeted by a host of healthy new lunch menu items. “That’s so good!” said Lizzy Eychner, a Rockingham C … Continued


Mary Altpeter

HPDP researcher named Gerontological Society of America Fellow

August 7, 2013

HPDP Research Fellow Mary Altpeter was awarded fellow status with the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in July. Altpeter has been an active member of the organization since early 2000 and has s … Continued


Falls prevention program receives recognition from National Council of Aging

August 2, 2013

Every year, one in three adults fall and suffer tremendous negative impacts on their quality of life. While the risk of falls remain high among older adults, there has been a significant gap in fall p … Continued


Body & Soul program featured on CDC website

July 25, 2013

The Body & Soul nutrition program from the UNC Office of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is featured on the CDC’s Prevention Research Center website. The program has been proven to promote … Continued


HPDP researchers lead training sessions for obesity prevention and evaluation programs in California

July 8, 2013

The rise in obesity rates in the United States has led to many interventions designed to combat obesity, but these programs are not always evaluated to determine whether or not they are working. Resea … Continued


Former HPDP postdoctoral trainees take training to their next career

July 7, 2013

Three former Kellogg Health Scholars at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention have taken their new skills across the country to help reduce health disparities and increase engaged … Continued


Former CBPR trainee’s research seeks to reduce sexual health disparities in young African American women

July 7, 2013

Former UNC WK Kellogg Health Scholar Briana Woods-Jaeger is making strides to reduce sexual health disparities among African American female youth. Woods-Jaeger is the principal investigator on a teen … Continued


Training with HPDP’s CBPR Core leads to engaged research at the University of Iowa

July 7, 2013

Barbara Baquero, a Kellogg Health Scholar at  the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from 2010 to 2012, is continuing her work in community-based participatory research (CBPR) at t … Continued


WK Kellogg Health Scholar wins $100,000 grant

June 3, 2013

Congratulations to former UNC WK Kellogg Health Scholar, Keon L. Gilbert who recently received a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Gilbert will use the grant to … Continued


HPDP Intern’s research honored at UNCG

May 30, 2013

Deandra Ingram’s research as an intern at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention was honored by her professors and peers when she graduated with a Masters of Public Health this spr … Continued


Partnership with NC American Indian communities leads to healthy changes

May 30, 2013

After more than five years community collaboration, researchers at the UNC Office of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention are continuing to fight health disparities in North Carolina American I … Continued


Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group presents at national conference

May 22, 2013

The Children’s Healthy Weight research group from the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) shared their research with the 2013 National Smart Start Conference in Greensboro on … Continued


Internet Cigarette Vendor study featured on PRC website

May 20, 2013

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention’s Internet Cigarette Vendor (ICV) study was featured on the CDC website in April as part of National Cancer Control month. The CDC cited the … Continued


UNC partners with dining services provider to help high school students ‘text’ their orders for lunch at school

April 26, 2013

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has partnered with Chartwells School Dining Services to study how new technologies could affect school lunch participation rates and healthy … Continued


Minors able to buy alcohol on eBay, new study finds

April 25, 2013

EBay.com, the world’s most visited website that sells alcohol, has allowed minors to successfully purchase alcohol on their website, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chap … Continued


Study validates weight loss program, brings weight loss research into the real world

March 1, 2013

Weight management programs that focus on behavior change can be effective in leading to weight loss, but most are done in controlled settings. As a result, it is often difficult to know whether the in … Continued


HPDP Welcomes Public Health Prevention Service Fellow

January 18, 2013

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) is pleased to welcome Daniella Uslan as a CDC Public Health Prevention Service Fellow focusing on sustainable agriculture initiatives. … Continued


Leadership award unites two HPDP community research partners

January 8, 2013

Researchers at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention partner with community leaders to address urgent health issues in communities across the state and nation. Last fall, one of H … Continued


$10M grant goes to heart research

October 18, 2012

$10M grant goes to heart research Source: The Herald-Sun, May 18, 2010


Early childhood nutrition program recommended by First Lady’s Task Force on Childhood Obesity

October 18, 2012

A program designed by researchers at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to reduce obesity in preschool children was recommended by the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity l … Continued


Sustained funding brings solid results

October 18, 2012

Sustained funding brings solid results Source: The News & Observer, May 13, 2010


Stroke research grant targets Lenoir County

October 18, 2012

Stroke research grant targets Lenoir County Source: ENCToday.com, May 12, 2010


HPDP researchers celebrate birth of environmental justice movement in Warren County

October 18, 2012

HPDP researchers joined with community partners to celebrate the birth of the environmental justice movement in Warren County on September 16th. In 1978, toxic waste including polychlorinated biphenyl … Continued


HPDP researcher leads national falls prevention initiative

October 18, 2012

September 22 is the first day of Fall, and it’s also a day when passionate people across the country will stand together to observe the 5th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. This year’s … Continued


Texas A&M, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention receive CDC funding for policies, programs and partners for falls prevention project

October 18, 2012

The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention was recently a … Continued


HPDP research finds innovative ways to help reform school lunch

October 18, 2012

A recent article in the Universite Gazette highlighted work at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention that is studying how to improve school lunches. Read the article here, and learn m … Continued


Study aims at improving health of American Indians

October 11, 2012

American Indian children have a far greater risk of developing childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes than any other ethnic group in the United States. But little attention has been focused on the oppo … Continued


New study will evaluate if technology, system protocols, and training can reduce differences in cancer care between African American and white patients

September 24, 2012

A five-year national study now underway in Greensboro, N.C., and Pittsburgh attempts to determine whether technology and other tools can ensure that African-Americans being treated for breast and lung … Continued


Proud parents cheer for their daughter on US Olympic Volleyball Team

August 3, 2012

Two UNC staff will be in the stands cheering for their daughter and the rest of the USA Olympic volleyball team today as Team USA takes on China. Megan Hodge is the daughter of Carmen Samuel-Hodge, a … Continued


HPDP researchers team with Duke to improve family child care homes

June 22, 2012

A new $3.3 million project to simultaneously combat childhood obesity and help home-based child care owners adopt healthy practices will be undertaken by a partnership between researchers at the Unive … Continued


Online retailers, shipping companies give minors access to alcohol, study finds

May 7, 2012

Minors can easily purchase alcohol online as a result of poor age verification by Internet alcohol vendors and shipping companies such as FedEx and UPS, according to a new study from University of Nor … Continued


Leeman named new director of HPDP Dissemination and Communications Core

April 20, 2012

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention announces Jennifer Leeman, Dr.PH., as the new director of HPDP Dissemination and Communications Core. Leeman also recently became principal i … Continued


Remembering longtime partner and friend Nettie Coad

April 14, 2012

Nettie Coad, a longtime community partner and friend of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) and a leader in the Greensboro community for more than 30 years, died April 10 … Continued


Kurt Ribisl Named HBHE Teacher of the Year

February 6, 2012

HPDP is proud to announce that Kurt Ribisl has been named the Health Behavior and Health Education Teacher of the Year.  Ribisl has been selected by the students of HBHE as the faculty member “who imp … Continued


New research study examines behavioral economics of colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations

January 26, 2012

A new study at UNC Chapel Hill will examine behavioral factors influence low-income people to pursue colorectal cancer screening and what strategies could increase screening rates in disadvantaged com … Continued


Dr. Alan Cross, former director of HPDP, remembered as a giant in social medicine and prevention research

January 8, 2012

  Alan Cross, MD, died peacefully on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at his home with family. Dr. Cross  was a member of  the faculty of the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine for mo … Continued


Marci Campbell, HOPE projects leader, dies

December 14, 2011

Marci Campbell, PhD, professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Dec. 14 after living with cancer with grace and caring for almost two year … Continued


HPDP researchers to present at upcoming APHA annual meeting

October 10, 2011

HPDP researchers, community partners and even two youth participants will be presenting at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC next week. The topics will inc … Continued


New UNC center for diabetes seeks to reduce health disparities

September 27, 2011

HPDP Director Alice Ammerman will collaborate with researchers at the NC TraCS Institute to connect the new UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Health Disparities (CTDR) with commun … Continued


Eugenia Eng Receives Pfizer Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice

September 19, 2011

Eugenia Eng, DrPH, has received the 2011 Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)/Pfizer Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice. The award recognizes faculty members fro … Continued


UNC researchers find child-care facilities can do more to promote healthy eating and physical activity among preschoolers

September 2, 2011

Eating and physical activity habits for a lifetime can develop at an early age, and many children spend most of their days in child-care settings. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at … Continued


UNC hosts inaugural training institute to connect research and practice

August 15, 2011

Researchers from around the country gathered in Chapel Hill last week to learn about ways to shrink the gap between health research findings and what is practiced in health care settings. The Training … Continued


Fleming’s retirement means time to pursue new challenges

August 8, 2011

Phyllis Fleming has lots of experience in finding creative solutions to research problems, but her retirement from the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) on June 30 means sh … Continued


BAN study impacts global policy and saves lives

July 26, 2011

A research partnership between investigators at UNC Chapel Hill and in Malawi has led to an effective method to reduce the transmission of HIV through breast milk, a change in global health policy and … Continued


Carter-Edwards joins HPDP as deputy director for research and operations

July 25, 2011

Lori Carter-Edwards has joined the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention as the new Deputy Director for Research and Operations. Carter-Edwards’ career as an academic researcher has s … Continued


Farmer Foodshare and Table Bring Year Round Fresh Local Food to Children at Risk of Hunger

July 19, 2011

Farmer Foodshare and TABLE announced the expansion of their new pilot program, Farm to TABLE to include over sixty food insecure children in Carrboro and Chapel Hill on July 14. The Farm to TABLE prog … Continued


Landfill air pollution may be as unhealthy as it is unpleasant, study finds

July 7, 2011

Despite increased regulations on municipal solid waste since 1990, many people who live near landfills continue to report health problems associated with foul odors, pests, polluted water and traffic. … Continued


BAN researchers receive prestigious Charles C. Shepard Science Award

June 15, 2011

UNC researchers have been awarded the prestigious Charles C. Shepard Science Award in the category of Prevention and Control by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their paper titled, “ … Continued


UNC experts contribute to new recommendations, tools to combat early childhood obesity

June 7, 2011

A new national report offers policy recommendations to curb the high rates of obesity among America’s youngest children. The report, issued by the Institute of Medicine, includes guidelines such as li … Continued


Watch the Carolina campus community garden anniversary celebration

June 1, 2011

The Carolina Campus Community Garden celebrated its first anniversary under sunny skies on May 28. UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp joined garden organizers, volunteers and advocates for the celebration.   … Continued


HPDP recognized for CBPR expertise by national committee

May 20, 2011

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has been recognized for its dedication to community-based participatory research by a national committee of community experts. The Prevention … Continued


Barbecue- the new health food at BBQ Festival on the Neuse

May 9, 2011

Barbecue was the new health food at the 30th Annual BBQ Festival on the Neuse in Kinston this weekend, at least the version being served at the Heart Healthy Lenoir Project booth. Visitors waiting in … Continued


PRC Conference showcases American Indian Healthy Eating Project

April 12, 2011

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) will showcase three projects at the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Annual Conference this week.  The theme of this year’s collaborative … Continued


HPDP offers summer and fall paid health communications internship

April 11, 2011

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) seeks two seeks a student interns to assist in the communication, video, social media web and graphic design activities of the Center. … Continued


New Warren County project to create regional food center

April 4, 2011

Researchers at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), in partnership with Duke researchers and community members, will create a regional food center in Warren County throug … Continued


HPDP community partner chosen as Food Justice Fellow

April 4, 2011

Rev. William Kearney has been selected as a Food Justice Fellow by the Presbyterian Hunger Program. The program selected 15 fellows in its first national search for people of faith to connect with the … Continued


Free environmental justice workshop

March 30, 2011

A free and interactive training on successful strategies to advocate for environmental equity will be offered twice during the month of April. The workshops will feature Naeema Muhammad, who works wit … Continued


Ammerman, Linnan and Lorch receive public service awards

March 26, 2011

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention congratulates Alice Ammerman, Laura Linnan and Claire Lorch for their awards in community service to be presented on April 1st.Dr. Ammerman, … Continued


Free workshop to build skills in policy advocacy Saturday March 26th

March 21, 2011

North Carolina Communities Working in Partnership, a coalition of community-based organizations from around the state which have partnered with the Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the University of … Continued


PALS helps families manage diabetes together

March 2, 2011

  Many challenges, especially related to weight loss, are made easier with support from friends and family. Researchers at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention are testing to see … Continued


New HPDP partnership grant to guide workplace wellness

March 1, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, NC–NC Prevention Partners (NCPP), in partnership with the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has received a one-year grant from the national Centers for Disease Cont … Continued


Study: payment, shipping bans stub out cigarette-selling websites

February 22, 2011

Bans on using credit cards to pay for cigarettes bought on Internet sites – combined with bans on commercial shippers delivering the products – appear to have effectively reduced the size and reach of … Continued


UNC-CH team needs votes to create new program to fight childhood obesity

January 31, 2011

A team of students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is hoping to ride their Little Red Wagon to victory in a competition for the best new ideas in tackling public health problems. … Continued


HPDP researchers help bring FoodCorps to NC

January 24, 2011

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 … Continued


Eating our words

January 24, 2011

The phrase “eating your words” took on a new meaning when the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health department of nurtition hosted a group of prospective graduate school students as part of an e … Continued


Community anti-racism workshop scheduled for February 18-19

January 19, 2011

Race remains an important indicator of success in US society. When other factors that are cited as the probable reasons for health or social problems (e.g., income, education, parent involvement, acce … Continued


HOPE accounts offers help to make New Year’s resolutions a reality

January 4, 2011

The most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, paying off debt, getting an education and saving money. However,  most people who make resolutions give them within a few months. A progr … Continued


HPDP celebrates Hunter’s retirement

December 1, 2010

A beloved laugh will be missing from the halls of the UNC Center of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP).  Wanda Hunter, HPDP’s deputy director for research and operations, retired November … Continued


HPDP welcomes CDC Prevention Specialist

November 23, 2010

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) is pleased to welcome its first Public Health Prevention Specialist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Melissa … Continued


HPDP partner offers help for a locally sourced Thanksgiving menu

November 23, 2010

Do you know where your Thanksgiving turkey is coming from? A statewide effort to build North Carolina’s food economy can help identify resources to keep your Thanksgiving menu close to home. The 10% C … Continued


Campbell discusses dieter’s paradox with The Wall Street Journal

November 9, 2010

HPDP Research Fellow Marci Campbell, who leads the HOPE projects and is a professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, discusses how consumers often confuse eating health … Continued


Innovative study seeks to reconnect youth with farming

November 3, 2010

Rural African-American teens face a future with high rates of chronic disease. Combined with limited opportunities for job growth and health care, these factors lead youth to grasp the first opportuni … Continued


Linnan helps launch new barbershop intervention

October 27, 2010

HPDP Research Fellow Laura Linnan (associate professor of health behavior and health education at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) will collaborate with David Jolley (associate profess … Continued


Cancer researchers gather in Chapel Hill to discuss plans for next 5 years

October 26, 2010

International cancer experts got a taste of North Carolina and the strides UNC cancer researchers have made in recent years during the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) meeting in … Continued


HPDP seeks applicants for Deputy Director for Research and Operations

October 22, 2010

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is accepting applications for a Deputy Director for Research and Operations. To read the full job description, please click the title above t … Continued


HPDP study to help cancer survivors plan for next steps

October 18, 2010

More than 1 million Americans have been diagnosed with colon cancer, and colon cancer survivors are the third largest group of cancer survivors in the country. Cancer patients often receive an abundan … Continued


Ammerman to discuss link between sustainable local food systems and health Thursday

October 11, 2010

Local food has become very trendy.  There are plenty of good arguments in favor of the local food movement, many regarding protecting the environment and a way of life for small farmers.  But does eat … Continued


Barksdale appointed to national health-care research panel

September 27, 2010

HPDP Research Fellow Debra Barksdale, an associate professor in the School of Nursing, was appointed on September 23rd to Board of Governors for the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (P … Continued


Former HPDP student continues prevention research in hometown

September 15, 2010

Rachel Tabak received her doctorate in nutrition from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in May and recently began her new career as a post-doctoral research scientist.However, her new wo … Continued


Heart Healthy Lenoir investigator has unique perspective on research

August 30, 2010

The Heart Healthy Lenoir project seeks to improve cardiovascular health in Lenoir County using input from the community. Stephanie Jilcott offers a unique perspective on the research team, as she has … Continued


HPDP mourns death of former advisor

August 23, 2010

Mary Bobbitt-Cooke, retired director of the NC Office of Healthy Carolinians and Health Education and former member of the HPDP Scientific Advisory Council, died on Thursday, August 19 at her home in … Continued


HPDP community advisor influences state policy recommendations

August 18, 2010

A member of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) Community Action Council (CAC) has moved from guiding research to influencing state policy recommendations through her wor … Continued


International scholar leaves HPDP with more than souvenirs

August 3, 2010

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) has bid farewell to Palma Chillón an international scholar who has participated in a cultural exchange for the past year.   After a ye … Continued


UNC research center receives $3.1 million to study alternative strategies to reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke

July 19, 2010

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) has received a two-year, $3.1 million grant  from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research effective ways to r … Continued


Healthy Carolinians updated website has new tools

July 13, 2010

Community members looking for help with health concerns in their counties have a new resource via the updated website of the Office of Healthy Carolinians and Health Education. Community members looki … Continued


Former HPDP student works for earthquake relief with UNICEF

July 7, 2010

Former HPDP graduate research assistant Amber Canto has used her experiences at HPDP to help her with her new position treating acute malnutrition among Haitian earthquake victims. A former HPDP gradu … Continued


Heart Healthy Lenoir kicks off in Kinston

July 2, 2010

More than 100 community members, policymakers, health care providers and business owners joined researchers from the UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University Tuesday to kick off the Heart Healthy … Continued


HPDP study finds maternal and infant anti-retrovirals effective in preventing HIV transmission through breast milk

June 17, 2010

Researchers from the Breastfeeding, Antiretroviral and Nutrition (BAN) study have found that both infant and maternal antiretroviral therapies reduce the chances that HIV-positive mothers will pass th … Continued


UNC faculty and staff have new access to fresh veggies at Carolina Campus Community Garden

June 16, 2010

HPDP researchers helped turn an idea for an employee food bank into an opportunity for members of the UNC community learn about gardening while growing vegetables on campus. The Carolina Campus Commun … Continued


HPDP intern pushes pedals instead of paper

June 15, 2010

Charles LePrevost knew his summer internship at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) would be different than most of his classmates’ internships, but he could not have pre … Continued


RE-AIM training now available online

June 12, 2010

The Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT) announces the launch of its newest web-based training module – RE-AIM Online! This module provides instruction and case examples to illust … Continued


UNC study throws a lifeline to parents of young children

June 8, 2010

Parents of young children face days filled with demands and challenges, often on little sleep and frayed patience. A study at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) aims to … Continued


UNC Community-Campus Partnership to bring HOPE programs to Lenoir County

May 25, 2010

The Community-Campus Partnership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has awarded a $20,000 grant to the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) to support public h … Continued


Early childhood nutrition program recommended by First Lady’s Task Force on Childhood Obesity

May 24, 2010

A program designed by researchers at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to reduce obesity in preschool children was recommended by the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity l … Continued


Join the Hippy Dippy Heelraisers in the Race for the Cure

May 14, 2010

A HPDP staff community service project seeks to raise $2,000 for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by participating in the Triangle race on Saturday, June 12 at Meredith College in Raleigh. Seven U … Continued


Church garden hopes to cultivate good health

May 10, 2010

A new partnership between the Coley Springs Missionary Baptist Church, pastored by Reverend Carson Jones, and the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) seeks to cultivate bette … Continued


News Release: UNC project takes on heart disease in heart of U.S. ‘stroke belt’

May 3, 2010

For immediate use: Monday, May 3, 2010 CHAPEL HILL — A new $10 million grant will help researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University collaborate with hea … Continued


New $10 million grant to reduce heart disease in Lenoir County

May 3, 2010

May 3, 2010– Residents of Lenoir County will have access to customized programs and strategies designed to reduce heart disease and stroke through a new 5-year community-based research project awarde … Continued



UNC HPDP selects two new WK Kellogg Health Scholars

April 27, 2010

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) will welcome two new postdoctoral students to be WK Kellogg Health Scholars beginning in August. Barbara Baquero and Briana Woods will … Continued


Childhood obesity task force issues recommendations

April 21, 2010

A state legislative task force seeking to reduce childhood obesity in North Carolina sought advice from a number of experts, including Alice Ammerman, director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion a … Continued


New project harnesses community expertise

April 15, 2010

Sixteen people with expertise in community organization, advocacy, health and research  from across North Carolina have joined a new research project aimed at increasing capacity among university and … Continued


New federal tobacco regulation cites HPDP research

March 31, 2010

The U.S. Senate cited UNC HPDP’s Internet Cigarette Vendors (ICV) study in its unanimous decision to pass the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, which acts to curtail the growing sales of t … Continued


Researcher seeks improved assessment for domestic violence programs

March 23, 2010

A new UNC HPDP Research Fellow is working to develop a new way to measure hospital-based domestic violence programs through a grant funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economi … Continued


Weight Wise leads to weight loss through local health departments

March 22, 2010

A project at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) has found that a weight loss program based in local health departments can lead to significant weight loss and improved h … Continued


Ammerman’s work in local foods highlighted

March 15, 2010

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about the innovative approaches Alice Ammerman and her colleagues are taking in the area of local, sustainable agriculture. Ammerman is the director of the UNC Cent … Continued


New catering guide emphasizes vendors’ commitment to using local foods

March 15, 2010

A new catering guide will help event organizers at UNC Chapel Hill to find food vendors who strive to use local foods and farm products as much as possible. Researchers at the UNC Center for Health Pr … Continued


New research fellows join HPDP

February 5, 2010

Three new research fellows recently joined the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The Center currently has 36 research fellows who come from a number of UNC departments and school … Continued


HPDP welcomes first Community Research Fellow

February 4, 2010

Christina Hardy joined the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) as the University’s first Community Research Fellow in January. The Community Research Fellow position was crea … Continued


Ammerman joins new state council on local food

January 29, 2010

Alice Ammerman, director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and professor of nutrition in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has joined a new state council focused … Continued


Empowerment approach brings research teams together

January 20, 2010

At first glance, Bangladeshi women in the Bronx and African American, Latino and Native American women in rural Eastern North Carolina might appear to have very little in common. But researchers at th … Continued


Studies show preschoolers not getting enough active playtime

December 4, 2009

Many young children in child care centers do not have the opportunity to get the recommended length of active playtime and little research has been done to find ways to improve physical activity in pr … Continued


HPDP research makes strides in AIDS prevention

December 2, 2009

World AIDS day on December 1 offers a time to reflect on the AIDS epidemic and the progress made toward preventing the transmission of the HIV virus. This year, research from the UNC Center for Health … Continued


Rogers Road community advocate headed to White House

November 18, 2009

Rev. Robert Campbell will travel to the White House on Friday to discuss the water and air quality issues of the Rogers Road community, a historically black neighborhood in Chapel Hill, NC. Campbell w … Continued


HPDP investigators present at APHA annual meeting

November 12, 2009

Researchers from the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention presented their work to the 137th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition November 7-11 in Philad … Continued


UNC HPDP research associate to lead national committee

November 11, 2009

UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention research associate Katie Barnes was elected last month to be the vice-chair of the National Community Committee that advises the Centers for Dise … Continued


New training offers evidence-based education without expense

October 30, 2009

A new web-based training will give health practitioners, community members and public health professionals access to current and effective strategies to prevent childhood obesity free of charge. The C … Continued


National committee meeting showcases local connections

October 20, 2009

More than 30 community representatives from around the country are visiting North Carolina this week to advise a national program focused on promoting good health through partnerships with communities … Continued


New HPDP project to bridge the gap between economic status and health

October 17, 2009

A new $1 million project based at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention will use federal Recovery Act funds to help women in rural eastern North Carolina overcome poverty and impr … Continued


HOPE shines through clouds at project celebration

October 8, 2009

CLINTON, NC – A high chance of rain, an outdoor walkathon and an early Saturday morning. In normal circumstances, this combination might make for a dismal day. Yet it was nothing but energy and excite … Continued


Study by HPDP Research Fellow finds color-coded chart improves parents’ understanding of body mass index (BMI)

September 19, 2009

HPDP research fellow Eliana Perrin, M.D., M.P.H. is the senior author on a study showing parents are more likely to understand a body mass index (BMI) chart if it is color-coded, like a traffic light, … Continued


Six new awards for the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

September 11, 2009

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention was awarded six projects totaling $10,103,777 from the CDC Prevention Research Center program this week. These projects include the Breastfee … Continued


HPDP partnerships bring recovery funds to communities

August 18, 2009

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) will receive funds from two 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to create jobs and build healthier communities. Both pr … Continued


HPDP partnerships bring recovery funds to communities

August 18, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) will receive funds from two 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to create jobs and build healt … Continued


HPDP helping to combat Weight of the Nation

July 29, 2009

HPDP researchers helped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention develop real strategies for obesity prevention and control at the first-ever Weight of the Nation conference July 27-29. Eric Fin … Continued


HPDP Research Fellow’s book featured in The New Yorker

July 28, 2009

A July 20 article in The New Yorker discussing obesity in America featured Eric Finkelstein’s 2008 book, The Fattening of America. The book examines how the decrease in cost of fattening foods relates … Continued


HPDP study: HIV drugs provide breast-fed babies with some protection

July 27, 2009

Highly active antiretroviral drugs are safe and effective in preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission through breast milk, a study based at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Preventio … Continued


Study: digging in beach sand increases risk of gastrointestinal illness

July 20, 2009

Chris Heaney, who will be a Kellogg Health Scholar at HPDP beginning this fall, published a study examining the health risks of playing in beach sand in the American Journal of Epidemiology in July.   … Continued


Ammerman keynote speaker at Australian conferences

July 13, 2009

HPDP Director Alice Ammerman traveled to Australia in early July to be a part of two conferences addressing sustainable agriculture and health. She was a keynote speaker at the Home Economics Institut … Continued


HPDP co-sponsors videoconference addressing education and health disparities

June 9, 2009

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is co-sponsoring the 15th Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health on June 9. This year’s conference theme is … Continued


Picture Me Healthy: photo-based inquiry for youth expression informs policy and environmental change

June 3, 2009

June 3, 2009 Picture Me Healthy: Photo-Based Inquiry for Youth Expression Informs Policy and Environmental Change Lara Khalil, MPH, RD, Project Director for Healthy Eating Research Photography is an e … Continued


HPDP celebrates research partnerships with students

May 21, 2009

On April 29, as UNC’s academic year drew to a close, the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) celebrated its student research assistants with an ice cream social. Organized by HPD … Continued


Five more years of health promotion and disease prevention research

March 30, 2009

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) will continue to be a part of a major federal network of prevention research centers until at least 2014. The Centers for Disease Cont … Continued


Picture this: HPDP researchers use photos to connect with communities

March 25, 2009

Pictures often express what words cannot quite communicate. HPDP researchers are using the photovoice method to work with communities and offer training to other researchers and community members. Pho … Continued


HPDP students lead Minority Health Conference

February 27, 2009

On February 27, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host the largest and oldest student-run conference addressing minority health issues in the nation. Two students working with the U … Continued


Sustainable agriculture grows at HPDP this spring

February 9, 2009

In keeping with its mission to reduce heath disparities, the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) is investigating the links between local sustainable food systems and health. … Continued


Groundbreaking HPDP research to study online alcohol sales

January 14, 2009

HPDP researchers will be the first to investigate if alcohol can be purchased by minors via the Internet in a new study. Co-investigators Rebecca Williams and Kurt Ribisl have studied online cigarette … Continued