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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

UNC’s Popkin Honored with Chinese Nutrition Society’s Award for Contributions to Nutrition in China

Dr. Barry Popkin, W. R. Kenan Jr. distinguished professor of nutrition at University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, was presented this spring with the Chinese government’s inaugural award for significant foreign contributions to nutrition.

[Dr. Barry Popkin (first row, center) led a China Health and Nutrition Survey workshop in 2012.]

The award, announced May 16 on the occasion of the Chinese Nutrition Society’s 70th anniversary, honored Dr. Popkin’s long-term contributions to research and policy in nutrition and noncommunicable disease in China.

Since 1987, he has organized four major national conferences in that country, collaborated with the government on selected price subsidies for bean products, and worked on sugary beverage controls, sodium reduction and many other initiatives. He has conducted training programs for senior leadership from 12 provinces and continued the country’s China Health and Nutrition Survey, a longitudinal cohort in 15 provinces.

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