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Gary Miller

Associate Professor of Health and Exercise Science

Biography

Recent reports indicate that the number of states with an obesity rate of 30 percent or more has tripled since 2007, and the Obama administration and public health officials are making nutrition and exercise a priority. Gary Miller’s research considers both healthy behavioral lifestyle changes of nutrition and physical activity as well as bariatric surgery interventions in obesity and weight loss. Most of his work focuses on older adults, although he
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Recent reports indicate that the number of states with an obesity rate of 30 percent or more has tripled since 2007, and the Obama administration and public health officials are making nutrition and exercise a priority. Gary Miller’s research considers both healthy behavioral lifestyle changes of nutrition and physical activity as well as bariatric surgery interventions in obesity and weight loss. Most of his work focuses on older adults, although he also works with children in community-based programs, such as supermarket health tours for school-aged children and intervention programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity targeting at-risk families. In early 2008 he completed a study investigating the impact of gastric bypass weight loss surgery on body composition changes, physical function and inflammatory markers. Miller has published in the leading peer-reviewed journals in his field of study, including American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Obesity, International Journal of Obesity, Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging, Journal of Gerontology, and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Areas of Expertise

Obesity
Childhood Obesity
Weight Loss
General Nutrition
Physical Activity
Bariatric Surgery
Exercise Effects
Dietary Intervention
The Role of Leptin in Obesity
Nutrition in Health and Disease
Lifestyles and Diseases
Advanced Exercise Physiology
Culture and Diet
Inflammation and Disease

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Education

University of California, Davis: Ph.D., Nutrition Sciences
Kansas State University: M.S., Kinesiology and Exercise Science
The University of Kansas: B.S., Pharmacy

Media Appearances

Nutrition expert from WFU available to comment on WHO findings
NewsWise
10/28/2015
Gary Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest University, holds a Ph.D in nutrition. He is an assistant director for the Translational Science Center, whose primary research interests are in obesity and weight loss and their effects on biochemical changes as well as physical function and the effects of dietary nitrates on various disease states, including hypertension, stroke, peripheral artery disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
Beets and beetroot juice showing health benefits
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10/13/2015
One big problem is the palatability of beetroot juice. “It’s not a favorite drink. Most people don’t like it but will tolerate it,” said Gary Miller, a professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest University. There are beet juices on the market: Beet-It is highly concentrated so people can hold their noses and down a shot or two rather than a full glassful, making it a supplement rather than food. Unbeetable, developed at Wake Forest, is sweeter and slightly carbonated. Among the side effects of the juices are pink urine and stools, with a small fraction of people having beet allergies, said Mr. Miller, who holds a Ph.D. in nutrition...
Reynolds student’s family travels span globe
Winston-Salem Journal
6/19/2015
Most of the family’s traveling has been because of her husband, Gary, who works as a professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest University, she said. Gary Miller leads study abroad programs around the world, anywhere from a few weeks to several months at a time. His family often tags along, arriving a few weeks early or staying a few weeks late. Because Jill Miller teaches online classes at Winston-Salem State University, her schedule is flexible enough to travel for extended periods, she said. “Traveling has always been important to me and Gary,” she said. “Having kids never slowed us down, we just drag them along.”...

Articles

Major scientific advances with dairy foods in nutrition and health
1/1/1970
A large body of scientific evidence collected in recent decades demonstrates that an adequate intake of calcium and other nutrients from dairy foods reduces the risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone acquisition during growth, slowing age-related bone loss ...
Intensive weight loss program improves physical function in older obese adults with knee osteoarthritis
1/1/1970
Objective: Physical function and body composition in older obese adults with knee osteoarthritis (OA) were examined after intensive weight loss...
Exercise and dietary weight loss in overweight and obese older adults with knee osteoarthritis: the Arthritis, Diet, and Activity Promotion Trial
1/1/1970
The Arthritis, Diet, and Activity Promotion Trial (ADAPT) was a randomized, single-blind clinical trial lasting 18 months that was designed to determine whether long-term exercise and dietary weight loss are more effective, either separately or in combination, ...
Diet-induced weight loss, exercise, and chronic inflammation in older, obese adults: a randomized controlled clinical trial
1/1/1970
Background: Persistent, low-grade inflammation is an independent predictor of several chronic diseases and all-cause mortality. Objective: The intention of this study was to determine the independent and combined effects of diet-induced weight loss and exercise ...
Some esthetic factors in a smile
1/1/1970
A comparative analysis of the characteristic dental and facial features of esthetic smiles was conducted with 454 full-face photographs of dental and dental hygiene students with open smiles (smiles displaying teeth). The subjects were 207 men and 247 ...