Choline in Human Milk Plays a Crucial Role in Infant Memory

October 30, 2018 – Choline is present in human milk, and is especially important for fetal and infant development [2,3]. “The hint that choline is important for infant development comes from the fact that in human milk, the supply of choline remains constant across the first year of life,” says Professor Carol Cheatham from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other important nutrients, such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are present in large quantities initially, but often level off after a few months. Read more.

Breaking the Link Between Obesity, Gastrointestinal Cancers

October 30, 2018 – UNC NRI’s and UNC Lineberger’s Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH, along with Cornelia Ulrich, PhD, MS, the director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and colleagues, reviewed findings from research looking at the biological links between obesity and cancers of the colon, rectum, pancreas, liver, esophagus, gallbladder and stomach, as well as published studies on how diet, exercise, weight loss surgery, and other weight-related interventions may help reverse this connection. Read more.

Appetite For Life – Wednesday, November 14, 2018 with Sandra Mooney, PhD: “Can Nutrition Improve Cognition?”

October 30, 2018 – The developing brain is very sensitive to environmental influences. These can be positive, such as exercise or good nutrition, or negative, such as too much stress or exposure to some drugs. Most people are exposed to a combination of positive and negative environmental factors and are perfectly normal, but when the bad outweigh the good, normal brain development can be altered and this may be seen in the form of abnormal behavior. Dr Mooney will talk about some of the brain and behavior changes seen in the lab after exposure to alcohol, and some of her work looking at nutritional interventions that appear to improve these.
Program begins at 6:00 PM at  Restaurant Forty-Six101 West Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Seating is limited.  Come a few minutes early to get a seat, and enjoy light bites, compliments of Restaurant Forty-Six! 

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AFL@JWU Recipes – October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018 – Chef Megan Lambert, MS, RD, Senior Instructor in College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, prepared healthy, delightful recipes with “Fun(ctional) Fall Flavors while Steph Saullo, MS, RD of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, shared nutrition information on each recipe. The recipes from the October 17, 2018 Appetite For Life @ Johnson & Wales University program are available here for your cooking enjoyment. Click here.

AFL@JWU Nutrition Notes – October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018 – The science on food and nutrients and their relationship to health is complex. Individuals are unique and there are various factors that influence health outcomes. Researchers at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) are working very hard to understand the intricacies of diet and nutrients, and their relationship to disease prevention and progression with the goal that general dietary guidance will be replaced with personalized nutrition recommendations. Click here.