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.

How to Navigate Holiday Cooking

     Appetite For Life – Tuesday, November 14th, with Susan Smith, PhD, NRI Deputy Director
                                                     How to Navigate Holiday Cooking

We try our best to select healthy eating choices. But our good intentions will go out the window these next several weeks as we are confronted with a whirlwind of holiday events, foods, and drinks. Adding to this stress are the emotional connections we have with favorite holiday foods and the expectations of our family and friends. Dr. Smith will share tips and suggestions to help you navigate a precision nutrition course through those holiday temptations yet still enjoy the holiday season…all while you “eat like a nutritionist!

Program begins at 6:00 PM at Restaurant Forty-Six, 101 West Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Guests should arrive a few minutes early. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Program seating is limited. Registration opens October 18. Register here.

AFL 2018 PROGRAM SCHEDULE  Please note the change to WEDNESDAY evening.

  • January 17 – Carol Cheatham, PhD
  • February 14 – Jef French, PhD
Nutrition Talk + Demo

            Appetite For Life – Tuesday, October 17th, at Johnson & Wales University:
                                                     Nutrition Talk + Food Demo

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, 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. The location of the event is Hance Auditorium, Johnson & Wales University [map]. Space is limited. Register early for this much-anticipated event! Light fare will be served.

Program begins at 6:00 PM at Johnson & Wales University, 801 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Guests should arrive a few minutes early.  Program seating is limited.  Register here.

AFL FALL PROGRAM SCHEDULE

  • October 17 – Chef Megan Lambert, MS, RD, & Steph Saullo, RD @ Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte
  • November 14 – Susan Smith, PhD @ Restaurant 46, Kannapolis
Vitamin D and Human Health

          Appetite For Life – Wednesday, September 27th, with Folami Ideraabdullah, PhD:
                    “Vitamin D and Human Health: 10 Things Your Mother Never Told You”.
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin linked to human health and diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. It occurs naturally in fish, eggs, and red meat and  several common foods in the United States are fortified with vitamin D, including milk and breakfast cereals. Recently, measuring vitamin D status has become more prevalent as a clinical measure of health and supplementation is often recommended to restore adequacy. We will discuss what vitamin D is made of, where it comes from
and how it may impact your health.

Program begins at 6:00 PM at Restaurant Forty-Six, 101 West Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
Guests should arrive a few minutes early.  Program seating is limited.  Register here.

AFL Program Schedule:

  • September 27 @ Restaurant 46, Kannapolis*
  • October 17 @ Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte
  • November 14 @ Restaurant 46, Kannapolis
  • January – @ Restaurant 46, Kannapolis
  • February – @ Restaurant 46, Kannapolis
  • March – @ Restaurant 46, Kannapolis
AFL Fall Program Schedule

Our October Appetite For Life Program will be Tuesday, October 17, 6:00PM @ Johnson & Wales University.  Chef Megan Lambert, MS, RD, from JWU and Steph Saullo, RD, from the NRI will give a Nutrition Talk and Demonstration. In November just before the holiday season begins, Susan Smith, PhD, NRI Deputy Director for Science, will give a timely program at Restaurant 46 in Kannapolis titled, “How to Navigate Holiday Eating” on November 14.

All programs begin at 6:00 PM unless otherwise noted. Guests should arrive a few minutes early.
Upcoming program Dates:

  • October 17 – Chef Megan Lambert, MS & Steph Saullo, RD
    Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte
  • November 14 – Susan Smith, PhD
    @ Restaurant 46, Kannapolis
  • January 17 – Carol Cheatham, PhD
    @ Restaurant 46, Kannapolis
  • February 14, 2018 – Jef French, PhD
    @ Restaurant 46, Kannapolis
  • March 14, 2018 – Susan Sumner, PhD
    @Restaurant 46, Kannapolis
  • April 18, 2018 @ Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte

Program seating is limited.  Registration for November 14 is open. 

Follow the links below to view AFL Powerpoint presentations.

Med Diet: Greeks Had It Right AFL May 2017

Craving Tasty Treats! AFL February 2017

Gluten, Lactose, Allergens, Oh My! AFL January 2017 

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