ECU professor stresses gimmick-free diets in new book

ECU nutrition science professor Roman Pawlak is shown with his new book, “Healthy Diets without Secrets.” The book was printed in Polish and released in Poland this summer. (Contributed photo)

Many weight loss diets are extremely unhealthy and leave dieters poorly nourished, East Carolina University nutrition science professor Dr. Roman Pawlak said in his new book, “Healthy Diets without Secrets.”

The book provides science-based reasoning for eating healthy, identifies diets that should be avoided and outlines the principles of healthy eating.

“I wanted to clarify diet myths and give people evidenced-based guidelines on what they should be eating,” said Pawlak.

Pawlak said that diets which emphasize eating only certain food are not healthy. “Most of these diets are based on little to no factual nutrition information,” he said.

Pawlak said he’s aware that some health professionals recommend eating smaller meals more frequently because it slightly increases metabolic rate. “But people who eat more frequently have much higher risk for colorectal cancer, and thus, such dietary advice violates the ‘do not harm’ principle,”he said.

The book also offers health and diet suggestions for health conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis.

Department of Nutrition Science dietetic program director Sylvia Escott-Stump, former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, wrote the book’s introduction.

Unless fluent in Polish, American dieters eager to follow Pawlak’s advice might have to wait until the book is translated, sometime in the near future Pawlak said. It was printed in Polish and released to major books stores throughout Poland in July. He is now working on an English translation of this third book, “In Defense of Vegetarianism.”

Pawlak is associate professor of nutrition science in the College of Human Ecology. He holds a master’s in human nutrition from Andrews University in Michigan and a doctorate in nutrition and food systems from the University of Southern Mississippi. Pawlak is a registered dietitian.

For additional information, contact Pawlak at or call 252-328-2350.



Hardee recognized at international convention


East Carolina University College of Education administrative staff member Lou Anna Hardee was recognized as distinguished governor for 2010-11 at the Optimist International Convention in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Hardee is governor of  Optimist International’s North Carolina East District, which has more than 1,300 members in 36 clubs. She was presented with a ring as well as a medallion acknowledging her work as a “Builder of Excellence.”

An active member, committee chair and treasurer of the Optimist Club of Greenville, Hardee is former president and member of the board of directors of the Greenville club. In 2008 and 2011, she was named Optimist of the Year. She is a leader in the N.C. East District, serving as immediate past governor, candidate qualifications chair, and lieutenant governor of Zone Three, which has clubs in Greenville, Washington, Goldsboro, Morehead City, and Cape Carteret.

Hardee has worked at ECU since 1968. She is married to Curtis L. Hardee and resides in Greenville.


Grant supports ECU Arts Smart series

East Carolina University’s Arts Smart series has received a $2,000 grant from Target Stores to support writing across the curriculum for Pitt County students in grades K-6.

Two authors in those grades will be recognized for exemplary writing. The students and their classmates will receive complimentary tickets to one of six titles on the Arts Smart series.

ECU elementary education student Amy Shackleford will support the initiative with age-appropriate course materials and educator support materials, developed in conjunction with the Teaching Resource Center in Joyner Library. Communications major Jessi Hardin will outline a marketing campagin to encourage teacher and student participation.


ECU grad covers Republican National Convention for CNN

East Carolina University graduate and Jacksonville, N.C. native Elizabeth Lauten ’07 is serving as a CNN News correspondent, in a guest reporting role for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Lauten was one of six winners of CNN’s “Your Political Ticket” iReport Convention Contest. She and two other reporters received an all-expense paid trip to the Republican convention, while three others will cover the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte Sept. 3-6.

The reporters will cover the conventions from first-person video commentary and on-air reporting, photography coverage and interviews with convention attendees and local residents.

“I heard about the contest through a friend. It started off as a joke and I said ‘let’s make it campaign style,’ which is different from typical videos,” Lauten said. “I thought I could get it out there and use my old broadcasting skills.”

“It’s kind of crazy looking back at where I am now from being in Jacksonville 10 years ago,” Lauten said. “Things are finally coming around full circle from then. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have even said that I would be a correspondent for CNN.”

Lauten is social and earned media manager at Purple Strategies firm in Washington, D.C. She also writes movie and television reviews for Miss A, an online publication. Lauten previously served as press secretary for Republican congressman Joe Walsh and as a new media political manager for the Republican National Committee.

“I’m not nervous about going at all because I went to last convention as a volunteer,” Lauten said. “For me, it’s a different angle and I’m looking forward to making the most out of this opportunity and trying out as many things as I can.”

View Lauten’s reports at


Hospitality Leadership professor wins best paper of the year at international meeting

ECU hospitality leadership professor Cynthia S. Deale and co-authors received the Best Paper of the Year award for their work in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism.

Dr. Cynthia Deale

The award was announced at the annual conference of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Aug. 3 in Providence, R.I.

The winning article, “Environmental Sustainability in the Hospitality Management Curriculum: Perspectives from Three Groups of Stakeholders,” addresses how the main stakeholders of hospitality management – educators, students and industry professionals – view the need for environmental sustainability in management education.

“The future of environmental sustainability education is critical to the hospitality management curriculum. It’s nice that this topic is receiving attention,” Deale said.

She said the study demonstrates a strong need for sustainability education in the field. The authors suggest establishing a partnership between education and industry to make the hospitality industry more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

Co-authors were Nelson Barber and Raymond Goodman from the University of New Hampshire.

A PDF version of the article may be obtained upon request to