April 11, 2014 | Research News
Small retail grocers, improved transit might be key to shrinking ‘food deserts’
Food deserts—a term used for geographical areas where healthy food is inaccessible or prohibitively expensive—are connected to high rates of obesity and diet-related diseases. A new University of Georgia study says that smaller and mid-sized retail stores may be the best solution to shrinking these deserts.
March 27, 2014 | General News
UGA experts available to speak on the 2014 County Health Rankings
While Georgia's healthiest counties continue to flourish, poorer rural counties continue to struggle with higher obesity rates, less access to healthcare and diminished quality of life, according to a recent national study on county health. University of Georgia experts have been working in rural counties around the state to reverse these trends and are available to speak on their efforts.
February 27, 2014 | General News
UGA nutrition experts applaud proposed FDA label changes
University of Georgia nutrition experts in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences say they are pleased with the Food and Drug Administration's proposal to update nutrition labels on food products.
February 25, 2014 | General News
Get active, Georgians! UGA’s Walk Georgia launches spring session for state residents
Walk Georgia is enabling state residents to take steps, literally, to improve their health. While the spring session of this University of Georgia Cooperative Extension program has started, it's not too late to join in; registration for the 12-week Walk Georgia session continues through March 10.
January 24, 2014 | Research News
Impulsive personality linked to food addiction
The same kinds of impulsive behavior that lead some people to abuse alcohol and other drugs may also be an important contributor to an unhealthy relationship with food, according to new research from the University of Georgia.
December 23, 2013 | Research News
Research suggests exercise reduces disease risk among Hispanic population
Over time, exposure to stress can cause wear and tear on the body. Referred to as allostatic load, this measure of stress exposure can indicate an increased risk for a number of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. University of Georgia researchers found physical activity reduces those risks among a Hispanic population.
December 4, 2013 | General News
UGA research shows that food portion size and shape can deceive the brain
As the holiday season gears up, beware of the popular tip that advises dieters to eat only half the food on their plate. According to a new study from the University of Georgia, that advice can play tricks on the brain-and the waistline.
November 14, 2013 | General News
UGA Extension sets challenge to help keep holiday pounds off
Holidays can be a time of continuous feasts for some, leading to excess pounds when it's all over. To ward off the unwanted weight, University of Georgia Extension is offering the "Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge," a free program that seeks to help Georgians avoid the overeating usually so common to the season.
September 20, 2013 | Events on Campus
Leading expert on genetics of obesity to deliver Boyd Lecture at UGA
World-renowned geneticist Claude Bouchard, professor and director of the Human Genomics Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, will deliver the fall 2013 George H. Boyd Distinguished Lecture at the University of Georgia. He will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the UGA Hotel and Conference Center's Mahler Hall. His lecture is titled "The Obesity Epidemic: Reflection on Contentious Issues."
September 9, 2013 | Honors & Awards
UGA public health dean joins governor’s childhood obesity advisory council
Phillip L. Williams, dean of the University of Georgia College of Public Health, has accepted an invitation by Gov. Nathan Deal to help guide Georgia's efforts to fight childhood obesity as a part of the newly formed Governor's Advisory Council on Childhood Obesity.
September 6, 2013 | Research News
UGA Center receives $10.4 million grant renewal for glycobiology research
Researchers at the University of Georgia have received a five-year, $10.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support the National Center for Biomedical Glycomics, a consortium of UGA faculty and staff working to develop new technologies for the analysis of glycans.
June 28, 2013 | Research News
Inflammation may be key to obesity-related disease
If current trends continue, roughly 42 percent of the people in the U.S. will be obese by the year 2030, according to the Trust for America's Health. As obesity rates climb to unprecedented levels, an equally dramatic increase in new cases of obesity-related diseases like Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension and arthritis is expected.
June 19, 2013 | Research News
Adolescent obesity influenced by both community, genetics
Genetic sensitivity and community adversity combine to increase the risk of obesity among adolescents, according to new research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health by University of Georgia researchers Kandauda Wickrama and Catherine Walker O'Neal.
June 19, 2013 | Research News
UGA experts available to speak on AMA’s decision to label obesity a disease
The American Medical Association's recent decision to label obesity as a disease comes with many questions as patients, physicians, insurers and others view the condition in a new light.
June 10, 2013 | General News
UGA’s veterinary hospital offers take-home glucose monitors for diabetic pets
The University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital now has iPro continuous glucose monitoring devices available for cats and dogs with diabetes mellitus. The devices, commonly used for human patients with diabetes, are used to gather data on the patient's response to insulin.