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.

June 20, 2019 AFL Summer Tour

Appetite For Life Summer Tours: See Where Nutrition Discoveries Happen – New Format!
See where and learn how scientific discovery takes place by touring two facilities on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis. If you visit the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) this summer you’ll get a bonus tour! We have partnered with our neighbors at NC State University so that your summer tour will include visits to research facilities at both the NRI and the adjacent NC State Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI). Points of interest at NRI include one of only a few whole-room calorimeters in the US, a body composition lab, and research laboratories. At PHHI, you’ll test your lab skills with pipette accuracy, extract DNA from a strawberry and scan your hand to determine your skin carotenoid score (a good indicator of how many fruits and vegetables you’re eating).

Tours are limited to 16 people. Sign up now to secure your spot!

All tours begin at 10:30 AM in the NRI lobby at 500 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Guests should arrive a few minutes early so we may get started on time.

Tours are 1.5 hours in length: 45 minutes at the NRI and 45 minutes at PHHI. The buildings are next door to each other. Tours will conclude at the NRI. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Consider grabbing lunch at the Lettuce Eat Cafe, in the NRI building, following the tour. You can find sandwiches made to order, salads, soups, and daily specials at the Cafe.

Register Now for June 20, 2019 here.

Registration for June 27, 2019 opening soon!


  • June 20 & 27, July 18 & 25 and August 22 & 29 – NRI Summer Tours
  • September 18 – Alice Ammerman, DRPH
  • October 16 – Appetite For Life @ Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
  • November 13 – Katie Meyer, ScD

AFL Program Summaries: September 2018 – May 2019

If you missed any of our programs this 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!

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.”