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Free nutrition classes return to Kannapolis in February at Research Campus

By Emily Ford
eford@salisburypost.com
Editor’s note: News Molecules are designed to give readers occasional tidbits of information about the N.C. Research Campus.KANNAPOLISóThe popular free nutrition classes at the N.C. Research Campus will return next month.
Leading experts in nutrition and public health will offer two-hour courses on what to feed your toddler, how to eat to fight the flu, how metabolism works and more at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in February at the Core Laboratory Building on the Research Campus.
Last year, organizers had to cut off registration due to overwhelming demand.
The series, sponsored by the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, will feature the latest scientific research presented in an accessible way during interactive lectures.
– Feb. 3 “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle: Infant and Toddler Feeding and Care for Healthy Growth” by Dr. Margaret Bentley.
The first foods babies eat can affect their health throughout their life. Which foods build healthier children?
– Feb. 10 “Fat and Thin: How Metabolism Works” by Dr. Rosalind Coleman.
Are some people programmed to be fat? Why can two people eat the same foods, yet one be thin and the other heavy? Unlock the mystery of metabolism.
– Feb. 17 “Can a Healthy Diet Help You Fight the Flu? The Role of Nutrition in the Response to Infectious Disease” by Dr. Melinda Beck.
How important is your diet in protecting you from infection? Does feeding or starving a fever make a difference? Obese people may not respond to the flu vaccine as well as lean people.
– Feb. 24 “The World is Fat: The Foods, Trends, Policies and Products that are Fattening the Human Race” by Dr. Barry Popkin.
As the world becomes a global neighborhood, developed countries are exporting their dietary lifestyles and the food that fuel them. This abrupt change is fattening the world. What can be done to stop it?
To register for one or more classes, contact Lisa Canada at lisa_canada@unc.edu or 704-250-5012. Visit www.uncnri.org for more information.
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