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 targeted nutrition is and how we are using advanced methods of research to investigate it for your improved healthcare.

When these programs are in Kannapolis, they’re held at Restaurant 46, which provides a relaxed environment to explore fascinating science topics. Each program features an expert presentation and informal discussion. Beverages and light bites are available from the Restaurant 46 menu. Restaurant 46, 101 West Avenue (Cannon Village), Kannapolis, NC 28081.

In Charlotte, we collaborate with Johnson & Wales University for programs called Cooking for Nourishment. These feature a JWU chef and an NRI registered dietitian who demonstrate and discuss healthy eating and cooking. Samples of the dishes demo’d are served. Hance Auditorium, Johnson & Wales University, 801 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Feed Your Brain: The importance of nutrition on cognitive aging | Grant Canipe

AFL AprilApril 18, 2017 | 6 PM | Kannapolis, NC

Healthy aging is unfortunately often accompanied by uninvited changes in our cognitive function. Grant Canipe, a doctoral student in the NRI’s Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab, will explore some of the factors that contribute to brain-related changes as we age. Attendees of all ages will learn about the key mechanisms that make our brains “work” and how some factors, such as how our bodies process nutrients, affect cognitive function.

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The Mediterranean Diet: The Greeks Had It Right | David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM , John Anderson, Ph.D.

May 09, 2017 | 6 PM | Kannapolis, NC

Two experts on the benefits of consuming foods high in polyphenols present this month’s talk. Dr. John Anderson from UNC-Chapel Hill will provide an overview of the Mediterranean Diet, which is upheld in the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines as an example of an eating pattern that promotes good health, a healthy body weight, and disease prevention throughout the lifespan. The Mediterranean eating pattern is based on a variety of unprocessed plant foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds that are high in polyphenols. Polyphenols are plant molecules that have been linked to multiple health benefits, and many of them provide the brilliant colors found in fruits and vegetables.

Dr. David Nieman from the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus will explain the health advantages linked to high polyphenol intake. The high consumption of unprocessed plant foods by inhabitants of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea has been linked to multiple health and disease prevention benefits that are in large part due to a varied intake of polyphenols. Recent studies support that high versus low dietary polyphenol intake predicts reduced risk for neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease), diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and early death from all causes.

“Great explanations of concepts.”

“Excellent speaker, very interesting and informative; she made learning enjoyable.”

“This series has given me great insight into helping me with food choices.”

“I loved the discussion of DNA relationship to diet and weight issues.”

“The demonstrations were fun and the food and hospitality were great. Thanks for offering such an enriching program!”

“Wonderful program overall! I would certainly attend again and recommend my friends and colleagues to attend.”

“I try to attend all of the Appetite for Life events and I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn about nutrition health.”