Precision Nutrition Needed For Healthy Military Muscles

By Allan Maurer, NCBiotech Writer
Eat colorful meals and make sure you get enough choline. That’s the key advice two nutrition experts offered during lunch at the Medical, BioMedical & BioDefense: Support the Warfighter symposium in Chapel Hill in June. The North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Bio Defense initiative and numerous other sponsors helped the North Carolina Military Business Center develop the program.
The recommendations came from scientists working at the N.C. Research Campusin Kannapolis: David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM, Director of the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory; and Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Nutrition Research Institute. The tips were among several surprising findings they served up as their listeners ate chicken, mashed potatoes, BBQ, baked beans and greens.
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APPETITE FOR LIFE: New Programs Begin in September!

Be among the first to learn about cutting-edge research taking place at the Nutrition Research Institute and elsewhere in the field! Appetite for Life is a series of community programs that bring the latest scientific research down to earth in educational and interactive lectures, demonstrations and events. Our speakers, experts in their fields, present programs to help you understand what targeted nutrition is and how we are using advanced methods of research to investigate it for your improved healthcare.
Here is a preview of our fall programs:

  • September 19 – Folami Ideraabdullah, PhD – “10 Things Your Mother Never Told You About Vitamin D”
  • October 17 – Johnson & Wales University – Food Demo + Nutrition Talk
  • November 14 – Susan Smith, PhD – “Eat Like A Nutritionist: How To Survive the Holiday Season”

Registration for each program opens 4 weeks in advance on

Cheatham Named to Education Board

Carol L. Cheatham, PhD, has been selected to join the Education Board at the American Health Council. The council, comprising leaders and contributors from all areas of healthcare, is America’s leading organization in health awareness and advancement. Dr. Cheatham will share her knowledge and expertise on the effects of nutrition on brain development and function.
With more than 17 years of experience in the fields of psychology and neuroscience, Dr. Cheatham offers valuable insight to the council through her position as an associate professor at UNC–Chapel Hill and the research she conducts in the Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab at the Nutrition Research Institute. Her lab explores the brain across the lifespan.
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Research We’re Reading: Maternal Vitamin D For Preventing Autism

From the desk of Jing Xue, PhD
Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant moms is shown to negatively affect fetal growth and children’s health in the long run. Deficient gestational vitamin D status is surprisingly high both globally and in the US. One of the findings that draws attention is the role of vitamin D during pregnancy in children’s chances of developing Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Vitamin D is acquired through sun exposure or food intake. The circulating form of vitamin D can travel through the fetal-placental barrier, thus, developing babies depend solely on their mothers for getting this beneficial nutrient.
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