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.

NRI Summer Tours - July

Appetite For Life – Summer Nourishment Tours Begin June 14

Mark your calendars, because 2018 Summer Nourishment Tours begin soon at the NRI. Find out where scientific discovery takes place by touring the UNC Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis. Points of interest include one of only a few whole-room calorimeters in the US, a body composition lab, and a research laboratory. Our research in nutrigenomics is serving individuals in our communities, across our nation and throughout the world.

All tours begin at 11:00 AM. Guests should arrive a few minutes early. Tours are limited to 16 people and will run approximately one hour in length.

Register Now for July 12 

Waitlist for July 12
If the July 12 Tour fills up, this link will become active. Complete the form and we will contact you if space becomes available.

Registration for the July 26 tour will open on June 26.

Tour Dates:

  • June 14
  • July 12
  • July 26
  • August 9
  • August 23


  • September 19 – Delisha Stewart, PhD
  • October 17 – AFL@Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
  • November 14 – Yuan Li, PhD

AFL Program Summaries: September 2017 – May 2018

If you missed any of our programs during this past AFL 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!

“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.”