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Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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By Emily Ford
Salisbury Post
KANNAPOLIS ó From cutting-edge discoveries in the laboratory to the food on a dinner plate, people are eager to learn how science can help them eat better and live healthier.
So eager, in fact, that organizers had to cut off registration for upcoming free nutrition classes at the N.C. Research Campus and move them to a larger building.
Planners had hoped to attract 100 participants to five classes with titles like “Are You a Couch Potato Raising Tater Tots?” and “Are Your Genes the Reason Your Jeans Don’t Fit?”
But more than 220 people signed up.
“It’s wonderful,” said Beverly Jordan, director of community outreach for the UNC Nutrition Research Institute.
Jordan has moved the Tuesday evening classes from the Cannon Village Visitors Center to the old Cabarrus Bank Building across the street.
Dr. Steve Zeisel, director of the nutrition institute, will teach two of the classes. His colleagues at the School of Public Health in Chapel Hill will teach the others.
They hope to translate their scientific research into life-changing information that will help participants understand genetics, nutrition and how the two are linked.
People who were turned away this time will have another chance. The UNC Nutrition Research Institute will offer classes in Kannapolis every year as part of its Appetite for Life Academy.