Be among the first to learn about cutting-edge research taking place at the Nutrition Research Institute and elsewhere in the field. Register now for free Appetite for Life presentations. 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 precision nutrition is and how we are using advanced methods of research to investigate it for your improved healthcare.

Upcoming Events

Special Event: NC Science Festival
April 22 | 10 AM – 2 PM 
at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute

Come visit the UNC Nutrition Research Institute for a taste test!  Learn about how genetics can affect how certain foods taste to us.  Our “tongues-on” activity will allow your curiosity to be stimulated along with your taste buds. 

You will interact with our research staff to explore how individual differences play a part in our day-to-day choices. Participants may leave with some new ideas and recipes for healthy foods to try at home. Children will be encouraged to express their “artistic taste preferences” on the Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab’s Trail of Taste through sidewalk chalk creations.

Coming Soon: May’s Appetite for Life featuring Julie Hasken, PhD
May 18 | Noon | Zoom

Details coming soon.

Previous Events

Appetite for Life: Better Health Outcomes Now and for the Future

What if we can have better health outcomes, at a lower cost, now and for the future? Seriously.

Health is driven by four factors: clinical (10%), social (20%), genetics (30%), and behavior (40%). And yet, over 80% of our current health spending is on clinical services. The result? A declining life span and the highest cost per capita in the world. None of us should be satisfied with that result.

This event brought Katie Kaney, DrPH, FACHE, author of Both/And: Medicine & Public Health Together, and NRI’s Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD, professor of Nutrition, together to discuss this topic and more.

Katie Kaney is a C-suite healthcare thought leader with over 25 years of experience developing and implementing innovative programs to enhance care, promote health and expand business models for success. A bestselling author, Both/ And: Medicine and Public Health Together charts a practical path toward better health outcomes at a lower cost, for all. She is the founder of the Whole Person Index, an advisor for companies including PeraHealth / Rothman Index, Guideway Care and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, among others.

Martin Kohlmeier focuses on laboratory diagnostics and nutritional genetics. With more than thirty years of experience in nutrition research, he has developed novel biochemical methods for the assessment of dietary intake and nutrient adequacy. Dedicated to helping the public benefit from recent advancements in genetics and nutrition, Kohlmeier uses this new technology to read the body’s DNA blueprint down to very fine details. His goal is to translate this data into practical directions for people’s health.

Speed Dating with the NRI: 3-Minute Nutrition Theories

In February, we heard from eight of the Nutrition Research Institute’s scientists. They explained what it is they’re investigating and why it’s so important—in just 3 minutes each! Principal investigators, postdocs, doctoral students, and research specialists will take the mic to reveal the theories, concepts and ideas that underlie their exacting work in the laboratory and clinic. These 3-minute theory presentations are designed to effectively explain complex scientific research in down-to-earth language for a non-scientific audience. 

You can read the scripts of these talks by clicking the button to the left.

Nutrition Trivia

What’s the difference between a vitamin and a mineral?  The UNC Nutrition Research Institute gathered at Gaelic Alley Irish Pub in downtown Kannapolis for Nutrition Trivia Night. The evening was full of food, drinks, trivia, and prizes at Gaelic Alley, Kannapolis’ brand-new pub featuring traditional Irish flavors. In addition, TasteBudz Gourmet Burgers food truck was on-site with a delicious menu of burgers, sandwiches, and cheesesteaks available for purchase.

Missed the fun night? You can still try your hand at nutrition trivia by clicking the button to the left

Nutrition and Other Factors to Combat Cancer

Living a healthy lifestyle is a great way to decrease your cancer risk, but what does it mean to have a healthy lifestyle? On October 27, three scientists from the NRI talked about different approaches you can take to decrease cancer risk, including eating nutritious foods, maintaining a healthy body weight, and being physically active. They discussed evidence-based strategies for cancer prevention as well as dietary changes you can make if you are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer prevention and survival is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

Speakers included: Alyssa Ho, research technician; Violet Kiesel, postdoctoral research associate; Hannah Malian, graduate research assistant.

Precision Nutrition + Plant-based Eating

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute hosted a special Appetite for Life featuring Monique May, MD, the Physician in the Kitchen, with an introduction on precision nutrition by Kendra Nelson, MPH, registered dietitian, and member of the NRI’s Voruganti Lab.

 

AFL Program Summaries

Appetite For Life Program Summaries: Sept. 2021-May 2022

Appetite For Life has been impacted by the pandemic like so many things. In 2020 we adapted and moved online with Appetite For Life with a Twist. This season we will offer a variety of virtual and in-person presentations. If you miss any of our programs, you can view PowerPoint presentations, Program Handouts and Program Videos here. Click the image to see a listing of the programs and the media materials associated with each one.  Enjoy!

Appetite For Life Program Summaries: Sept. 2020-May 2021

Appetite For Life was impacted by the pandemic like so many things. We adapted and moved online with Appetite For Life with a Twist. If you missed any of our programs this season, you can view PowerPoint presentations, Program Handouts and Program Videos here. Click the image to see a listing of the programs and the media materials associated with each one.  Enjoy!

Appetite For Life Program Summaries: Sept. 2019-May 2020

If you missed any of our programs so far this season, you can view PowerPoint presentations and videos of them here. Click the image to see a listing of the programs and the media materials associated with each one.  Enjoy!

Appetite For Life Program Summaries: Sept. 2018-May 2019

If you missed any of our programs last season, you can view PowerPoint presentations and videos of them here. Click the image to see a listing of the programs and the media materials associated with each one.  Enjoy!

Appetite For Life Program Summaries: Sept. 2017-May 2018

If you missed any of our programs during the 2017-2018 season, you can view PowerPoint presentations and videos of them here. Click the image to see a listing of the programs and the media materials associated with each one.  Enjoy!

Appetite For Life Program Archive

Appetite For Life, and its predecessor Appetite For Life Academy, has been presenting free, public presentations of the research of NRI and UNC Chapel Hill scientists since 2012. Click the image to navigate to the NRI’s YouTube channel. You will find all of our current programs as well as the programs posted prior to September 2017. If you want to receive a notification when a new AFL video has been posted, just click the Subscribe button on our YouTube page. Enjoy!