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.

October 17, 2018 Appetite For Life

Appetite For Life – Wednesday, October 17, 2018: “Fun(ctional) Fall Flavors”
In collaboration with Johnson & Wales University, we are pleased to present a very special event at the JWU campus in Center City Charlotte. Chef Megan Lambert, MS, RD, from Johnson & Wales and registered dietitian Steph Saullo, MS, RD from the NRI will come together to demonstrate delicious, healthy cooking while sharing tips for consuming a balanced, nutritious diet. Attendees will be able to sample the fare following the presentation.

Program begins at 6:00 PM in  Hance Auditorium at Johnson & Wales University, 801 West Trade Street (at Cedar Street), Charlotte, NC 28202. Get directions here.

Parking is available in the Cedar Street Parking Deck, 116 S Cedar Street, immediately adjacent to Johnson & Wales. Bring your parking ticket to be validated at the Appetite For Life check-in table. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Seating is limited.  Come a few minutes early to get a seat!

Register here. 


  • October 17 – AFL@Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte
  • November 14 – Sandra Mooney, PhD
  • January 16 – Yuan Li, PhD
  • February 13 – Katie Meyer, ScD
September 19, 2018 Appetite For Life

Appetite For Life – Wednesday, September 19, with Delisha Stewart, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, UNC Nutrition Research Institute: “Race, Ethnicity, and Health Disparities”
Scientists at the Nutrition Research Institute are studying the role of genetics in health and wellness. Epidemiology studies have shown that some groups of people are more likely to develop disease, and clinical studies have demonstrated that some individuals are more likely to have a positive response to treatment, or interventions compared to other individuals. A goal of our research is to understand what makes some individuals susceptible to disease, and how we can improve intervention and treatments for more positive outcomes. During this program, you will learn about differences in disease risks that are related to race and ethnicity, factors that are known to contribute to diversity in disease risks, modifiable behaviors that reduce the risks of developing disease, nutritional interventions that have been shown to diminish disease risks, and nutritional interventions that have the potential to improve health outcomes.

Program begins at 6:00 PM at  Restaurant Forty-Six, 101 West Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Seating is limited.  Come a few minutes early to get a seat, and enjoy light bites, compliments of Restaurant Forty-Six!

Registration is closed. 


  • October 17 – AFL@Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte
  • November 14 –
  • January 16 – 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.”