Recent Submissions

  • Special Concerns through an early pregnancy journey 

    Kolasa, Kathryn (2016-06)
    Nutrition and supplementation in the woman of reproductive age can have profound and lasting effects on her child’s health. Preconception planning for all women should include advice to begin folic acid supplementation at ...
  • A Pacific Food Guide from the Children's Healthy Living PRogram 

    FIALKOWSKI/KOLASA, MARIE/KATHRYN (2016-02)
    The paper describes the development of the Pacific Food Guide. The Food Guide includes fruits, vegetables, fish and animals not typically found in the US Food Guides but are consumed by individuals living int the Pacific. ...
  • Blood Pressure Control in Diabetes 

    Cummings, Doyle M.; Doherty, Lisa; Howard, George; Howard, Virginia J.; Safford, Monika M.; Prince, Valerie; Kissela, Brett; Lackland, Daniel T. (2010-04)
    OBJECTIVE Despite widespread dissemination of target values, achieving a blood pressure of <130/80 mmHg is challenging for many individuals with diabetes. The purpose of the present study was to examine temporal trends in ...
  • Generic Medications and Blood Pressure Control in Diabetic Hypertensive Subjects 

    Cummings, Doyle M.; Letter, Abraham J.; Howard, George; Howard, Virginia J.; Safford, Monika M.; Prince, Valerie; Muntner, Paul (2013-03)
    OBJECTIVE To investigate temporal improvements in blood pressure (BP) control in subjects with diabetes and policy changes regarding generic antihypertensives. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS In a cross-sectional study ...
  • The heart healthy lenoir project-an intervention to reduce disparities in hypertension control: study protocol 

    Halladay, Jacquie R; Donahue, Katrina E; Hinderliter, Alan L; Cummings, Doyle M; Cene, Crystal W; Miller, Cassie L; Garcia, Beverly A; Tillman, Jim; DeWalt, Darren (2013)
    Background Racial disparities in blood pressure control are well established; however the impact of low health literacy (LHL) on blood pressure has garnered less attention. Office based interventions that are created with ...
  • Generational differences in practice site selection criteria amongst primary care physicians. 

    Duffrin, Christopher; Cashion, Molly; Cummings, Doyle; Whetstone, Lauren; Firnhaber, Jonathon; Levine, Gary; Watson, Ricky; Lambert, Aaron (2016-01-25)
    Background and Objectives: Generational differences are often viewed as shaping the overall attitudes and actions of different age cohorts. It is essential to understand the motivations and generational differences in ...
  • Generational differences in practice site selection criteria amongst primary care physicians. 

    Duffrin, Christopher; Cashion, Molly; Cummings, Doyle M.; Whetstone, Lauren; Firnhaber, Jonathan; Levine, Gary; Watson, Ricky; Lambert, Aaron (2016)
    Background and Objectives: Generational differences are often viewed as shaping the overall attitudes and actions of different age cohorts. It is essential to understand the motivations and generational differences in ...
  • The Need for Interprofessional Collaborative Ready Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners 

    Kolasa, Kathryn M.; Eliot, Kathrin A. (2014-10-01)
    This is the full length paper of what turned out to be a published brief after going through peer review. Many of our colleagues have requested the original full length description which is more of a call to action for ...
  • How Sweet It Is: Traditional Sweet Iced Tea and the Diabesity Epidemic. 

    Taft, Natalie; Collier, David N.; Tanenberg, Robert; Kolasa, Kathryn M. (2015-01)
    In this paper we present four cases from our medical practice to increase awareness of the role of sweet tea in obesity and diabetes management. We start with a history of Southern style “sweet tea”, and discuss the ...
  • Creating Vidant Health's Healthy Food Environment 

    Gaskins, Scottie; Kolasa, Kathryn; Simmons, Rose Ann; Njuguna, Njeri; White, Andy (2013-04)
    The paper describes the journey taken by Vidant Health (formerly University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina) to create a healthy eating environmnet on its entire campus. Vidant Health was among the first hospitals in ...
  • North Carolina's Plan to Address Obesity: Healthy Weight and Healthy Communities 

    Kolasa, Kathryn; Craven, Kay (2013-02-07)
    This presentation describes the 2013-2020 NC Obesity Plan. Evidence based core behaviors are described as well as strategies for encouraging the adoption of those behaviors in worksites, health care and colleges and ...
  • Creating Vidant Health's Healthy Food Environment 

    Gaskins, Scottie; Simmons, Rose Ann; Kolasa, Kathryn; Njuguna, Njeri; White, Andy (2012-10)
    This paper documents the steps Vidant Health took from 2003 to 2012 in creating a healthy food environment. It describes criteria for foods to be sold/provided to employees and visitors. It provides a rationale for selecting ...
  • Guidelines for Healthy Foods and Beverages at Company-Sponsored Events. Vendor Tool Kit. Event Planner Tool Kit 

    Gaskins, Scottie; Kolasa, Kathryn; Bucher, Colleen (2012-01-25)
    Vidant Heatlh adopted a "healthy food environment" policy in 2012. This vendor tool kit includes the policy, definitions that support the policy, stept that help a vendor adhere to the policy and resources. Topics covered ...
  • Participation in Community-Originated Interventions is Associated with Positive Changes in Weight Status and Health Behaviors in Youth 

    Whetstone, Lauren; Kolasa, Kathryn; Collier, David N. (2012-04-13)
    Purpose. To assess changes in children’s health behaviors and weight status after participation in community-originated interventions. ...
  • Healthy Hospital Food Environment: Policy & Programs in Practice 

    Gaskins, Scottie (2012-05-07)
    This invited presentation highlights the state of weight at Vidant Health, a health care system serving 29 counties in eastern North Carolina and its innovative Health Food Environment program. A policy, effective in 2012, ...
  • Helping Hands: A Guidebook for Volunteer Meal Providers 

    Jennings, Jill; Ward, Rachel; Kolasa, Kathryn M. (2011-09-27)
    Helping Hands: A Guidebook for Volunteer Meal Providers Author(s): J. Jennings,1 R. Ward,2 K. Kolasa3; 1Nutrition Science, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 2East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 3Family ...
  • Healthy Hospital Food Environment: the PCMH Story. 

    Kolasa, Kathryn M.; Gaskins, Scottie; Dial, Jeff; Ho, Amanda; Currie, Russ; Comeaux, Preston; Robertson, Roger (2006)
    This paper describes Pitt Memorial Hospital's response to the call to become a healthy worksite. It describes the hospital's effots to partner in the North Carolina Plan to Prevent Overweight and Obesity and Related Chronic ...
  • Pitt County Memorial Hospital Plays a Role in the Eat Smart Move More North Carolina Movement 

    Kolasa, Kathryn M.; Currie, Russ; Dial, Jeff; Gaskins, Scottie; Simmons, Rose Ann (2009)
    Pitt County Memorial Hospital is taking the "Journey to Excellence" and as part of that journey, is creating a culture of wellness. This paper describes those efforts as well as the criteria for healthy food. Data ...
  • The UHS Nutrition Initiative: Enhancing the ability of patients, employees and the community to "Eat Smart and Move More" 

    Kolasa, Kathryn M.; Poole, Diane A; Chatman, Mary B.; Nelson, Catherine; Gaskins, Scottie; Holliday, Amanda (2005)
    This article describes the obesity problem in eastern North Carolina and the responses that the Pitt County Memorial Hospital is taking locally to change policies and environments.
  • The Pong Principle 

    Ellis, Thomas (2011-02-25)
    "Learning to Listen: A Patient Becomes the Teacher By Serving Up Life-Changing Advice

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