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CHHS Expert Comments on Trans Fats

The Food and Drug Administration is expanding its efforts to reduce the amount of artificial trans-unsaturated fatty acids (trans fats) in American diets. The federal agency declared trans fats unsafe for human consumption last week, giving companies three years to come into compliance with the new policy.

Trans fats have been linked to weight gain and heart disease, and the FDA says it expects the ban to prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks a year.

Elizabeth Racine is a registered dietician and associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UNC Charlotte. She said processed foods high in trans fats are often convenient and cheap, but "we're realizing more and more that these foods are bad for our health. The government does have a role in protecting our nation’s health, so I do think it should be involved in determining what food companies can offer and put policies in place that deter the overuse of these unhealthy foods." Click here for more details.

Two Voice Students in National Competition

Two UNC Charlotte music students will compete in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Student Auditions on July 7. The students, Hunter Aldridge and Tyrez Dabbs, are both tenors and both study with Dr. Brian Arreola, assistant professor of voice and director of the Department of Music opera workshop program.

To qualify for the National Student Auditions, the two students advanced through three rounds of competition over the past five months.

The National Student Auditions will be held at UNC Greensboro at the NATS National Conference on July 7. More than 150 students will compete in 12 categories. After two rounds of competition, 24 students will receive cash prizes – two from each category.