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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.

Campus Noted for Managing Healthy Trees

With UNC Charlotte’s campus footprint continuing to grow, the University is taking the steps to ensure one of the its most valued natural resources is being sustained - trees.

Beyond a source of shade, trees help clean the air and add an aesthetically pleasing element to campus. UNC Charlotte’s commitment to effectively manage its tree population has led to it being named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

"UNC Charlotte being named a Tree Campus USA underscores our commitment to create a visually appealing environment that integrates our campus architecture with the natural landscape that already exists," said Peter Franz, campus landscape architect. "The University has remained committed to being environmentally responsible during a time of continual growth and will remain diligent as the University changes."