Our Foundation’s focus on health is what made us pester Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, to join the Board. Penny is Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on obesity and its health consequences. She spends most of her time figuring out how biology, behavior, and environment inter-relate to shape health and disease. She is also the mom to two active teenagers who love science and music.
Her published research has appeared in JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine, Obesity, Obesity Reviews, Pediatric Obesity, Lancet and Pediatrics, and she has served on the Editorial Board of many journals. She received the Eli Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society in 2010, which is a great honor. She is active in leadership of the American Heart Association and she is currently the President-Elect of The Obesity Society, which serves to advance the science-based understanding of the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of obesity.
Penny knows that educating people about health is the key to life changes. At UNC, she directs the doctoral degree program in the top-ranked department of nutrition. One of her most favorite parts of her job is getting to work with students and trainees as they become young scientists. She is enormously grateful for the many fabulous experiences she had as a young scientist, from working in hospitals as a teenager, to spending the summer knee deep in an archaeological dig in the West Indies, to working in the deepest corners of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and even in the wilds of Papua New Guinea. Dr. Gordon-Larsen knows that there is nothing more exciting than having the opportunity to be a part of active research and she is so excited to help the Good Entertainment Foundation find way for kids to get their hands into science.