UI study finds fried food linked to increased risk of death

photo of fried chicken and french friesRegularly eating fried food is linked with a heightened risk of death from any cause and of heart related death among postmenopausal women, a new study led by University of Iowa College of Public Health researchers has found.

The researchers say that reducing consumption of fried foods, especially fried chicken and fried fish or shellfish, could have a positive public health impact. The study was published Jan. 23, 2019, in BMJ.

The UI College of Public Health researchers included corresponding author Wei Bao, assistant professor of epidemiology; Yangbo Sun and Buyun Liupost, doctoral research scholars in epidemiology; Linda SnetselaarJennifer Robinson, and Robert Wallace, professors of epidemiology; and Lindsay Peterson, assistant professor, Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis.

Read the full BMJ press release…

Media Coverage

Fried Foods Tied to Heart Disease in Women (New York Times)

Fried Food May Be Killing You, a New Study Says (Time)

One serving of fried chicken a day linked to 13% higher risk of death, study finds (CNN)

Too Much Fried Food May Shorten Your Life (US News & World Report)

Eating fried chicken weekly could lead to early death, study finds (USA Today)

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Grants will help develop strategies to combat addiction by native populations

A portrait of Anne Helene Skinstad, professor of Community and Behavioral Health at the university of Iowa College of Public Health.
Anne Helene Skinstad

Anne Helene Skinstad, clinical professor of community and behavioral health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has recently been awarded grants totaling $9.5 million over the next five years to help reduce drug and alcohol addiction among American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

The grants will benefit three initiatives Skinstad oversees in the College of Public Health: the National American Indian/Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center, which received $4 million; the Tribal Affairs Technology Transfer Center, which received $3 million; and the Tribal Affairs Prevention Technology Transfer Center, which received $2.5 million.

The grants were made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Housed in the College of Public Health, the national centers focus on American Indian and Alaska Native communities in Iowa and around the country, educating and training people who provide substance abuse treatment and counseling using culturally appropriate methods. The centers support professionals working with clients suffering from substance use and other behavioral health disorders, prominently including a native behavioral health workforce.

The centers also conduct conferences and leadership forums for tribal leaders who are working to reduce addiction among their communities.

Source: Iowa Now

Fort Dodge, Cerro Gordo County organizations receive BLN Community Grants

The UI College of Public Health’s Business Leadership Network has awarded Community Grants to the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health and The Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way.

The Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way will provide beds and cribs for children living in poverty in Fort Dodge. Good sleep is critical for a child’s health, well-being, and ability to learn. A partnership with local schools, health care providers, the Webster County Health Department and nonprofits will help identify children who need beds. (Read more in The Messenger)

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health will use the funds to install sensory pathways within five elementary schools in Mason City and Clear Lake to provide a physical activity outlet for students between classes. (Read more in the Globe Gazette)

A total of seven recipients were selected for the fourth round of the BLN Community Grant Program funding. The organizations received cash grant awards of up to $3,000. The grant program funds, in conjunction with an equal cash match from other organizations or businesses, will be used for public health-related initiatives and projects in the recipient communities.