Zhiping  Yu

Assistant Professor

Nutrition & Dietetics • Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Obesity, childhood obesity, eating disorders, chronic disease prevention.

Education

Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences - The Pennsylvania State University

M.S. Food Science - Tianjin University of Science and Technology

B.S. Food Science and Engineering - Hebei University of Science and Technology

 

RDN Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

LDN Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist - State of Florida, Department of Health

Biography

Zhiping Yu, PhD, RDN is an Assistant Professor in the department of Nutrition and Dietetics at University of North Florida. Dr. Yu obtained her doctoral degree in Nutritional Science from Pennsylvania State University and her bachelor and master's degrees in Food Science in China. Her research interests are focused on discovering biological mechanisms and developing nutrition and lifestyle interventions for food intake related health problems including eating disorders, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Yu has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as presented at scientific conferences. She is an active member in several scientific societies and serves in a number of committee positions. She is also actively involved in community service projects to promote healthy eating and physical activities in Jacksonville population.

Awards

2016 Nominated for Mentor of the Year, University of North Florida
2015 Finalist in Brooks College of Health, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida
2008 Grace M. Henderson Scholarship, College of Health and Human Development, Penn State University
2008 Third place winner of Graduate Exhibition Award, Penn State University
2006 Woot-Tsuen Wu Lueng Scholarship, Department of Nutritional Science, Penn State University
 

Affiliations

 

2013-2016 Diversity Committee, The Obesity Society
2015-2016 Scientific Symposium Organizing Committee, North American Chinese Society for Nutrition
2013-2014 Legislative Committee, Jacksonville Dietetic Association
2015- Member, North American Chinese Society for Nutrition
2013- Member, First Coast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2010- Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2010- Member, The Obesity Society
2005- Member, American Society for Nutrition  

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Research Grants

2016  Faculty Development Summer Grant, University of North Florida: Development of a NIH R15 Proposal to Examine an Electronic Activity Monitor System (EAMS) in a Behavioral Weight Loss Program

2016  US Women and Girls’ Health Endowed Research Grant, University of North Florida: The Use of a Web-based Program to Reduce Binge Eating in Overweight and Obese Women with Binge Eating Disorder – Phase II

2015  US Women and Girls’ Health Endowed Research Grant, University of North Florida: The Use of a Web-based Program to Reduce Binge Eating in Overweight and Obese Women with Binge Eating Disorder – Phase I

2014  Faculty Development Summer Grant, University of North Florida: Assessment of Disordered Eating Behaviors among College Students

2013  Kids Eat Right Mini Grant, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Healthy Eating Promotion in Chinese Community

 

Teaching Grants

2016 UNF International Faculty Travel Grant for developing study abroad program
2016 UNF Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship faculty travel fund
2015 UNF Teaching Online Seminar (TOL 7100) Grant Recipient
2014 UNF Teaching Online Seminar (TOL 6100) Grant Recipient
2014 UNF Online Course Delivery workshop (TOL 5100) Grant Recipient
 

Publications & Presentations

REFEREED, PEER-REVIEWED PAPER

 

Yu Z, Tan M. Disordered eating behaviors and food addiction among nutrition major college students. Nutrients 2016; 8(11):673-689.

 

Labyak C, Jahan-Mihan A, Patterson R, Rodriguez J, Seabrooks-Blackmore J, Patterson K, Yu Z, Christie C, Sealey-Potts C. Fruit, vegetable and beverage consumption in middle school students in Duval County Health Zones: youth risk behavior survey 2009-2013. Florida Public Health Review 2016; 13: 99-107.


Yang Z, Yu Z*, Jiang Y, Bai Y, Miller-Kovach K, Foster G, Chen C. Evaluation of a community-based behavioral weight-loss program in Chinese adults: a randomized controlled trial. Obesity 2016; 24(7): 1464-1470. *Co-first author, co-corresponding author.


Yu Z, Jahan-Mihan A, Labyak C, Sealey-Potts C, Christie C, Rodriguez J, Seabrooks-Blackmore J, Patterson K, Patterson R. Duval County 2009, 2011, and 2013 YRBS high school fruit and vegetable intake by health zone. Florida Public Health Review 2016; 13: 29-36.


Yu Z, Sealey-Potts C, Rodriguez J. Dietary self-monitoring in weight management – current evidence on efficacy and adherence. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2015; 115 (12): 1931-1938.


Lowndes J, Kawiecki D, Yu Z, Rippe J. No dose response relationship in the effects of commonly consumed sugars on risk factors for diabetes across a range of typical human consumption levels. Food and Nutrition Sciences 2015; 6: 101-111.


Sealey-Potts C, Yu Z, Alexander C, Christie C. Identifying overweight and obese children: which assessment tool is most accurate? Topics in Clinical Nutrition 2015; 30(2): 143-152.


Lowndes J, Sinnett S, Yu Z, Rippe J. The effects of fructose-containing sugars on weight, body composition and cardiometabolic risk factors when consumed at up to the 90th percentile population consumption level for fructose. Nutrients 2014; 6(8):3153-68.


Lowndes J, Sinnett S, Pardo S, Nguyen V, Melanson K, Yu Z, Lowther B, Rippe J. The effect of normally consumed amounts of sucrose or high fructose corn syrup on body composition and related parameters in overweight/obese subjects. Nutrients 2014; 6(3):1128-1124.


Yu Z, Lowndes J, Rippe J. High fructose corn syrup and sucrose have equivalent effects on energy regulating hormones at normal human consumption levels. Nutrition Research 2013; 33(12):1043-1052.


Bravo S, Lowndes J, Sinnett S, Yu Z, Rippe J. Consumption of Sucrose and high fructose corn syrup does not increase liver fat or ectopic fat eposition in muscles. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism 2013; 38(6):681-688.


Lowndes J, Kawiecki D, Pardo S, Nguyen V, Melanson K, Yu Z, Rippe J. The effects of four hypocaloric diets containing different levels of sucrose or high fructose corn syrup on weight loss and related parameters. Nutrition Journal 2012; 11 (1): 55-65.


Yu Z, Geary N, Corwin RL. Individual effects of estradiol and progesterone on food intake and body weight in ovariectomized binge rats. Physiology & Behavior 2011; 104 (5): 687-693.


Yu Z, Geary N, Corwin RL. Inhibition of fat Intake by ovarian hormones under binge-type conditions in ovariectomized rats. Physiology & Behavior 2008; 95 (3): 501-507.
 

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

Yang Z, Yu Z, Jiang Y, Bai Y, Miller-Kovach K, Foster G, Chen C. Evaluation of a community-based behavioral weight-loss program in Chinese adults: a randomized controlled trial. XIII International Congress on Obesity (ICO), Vancouver Canada, May 2016.


Yu Z, Patterson K, Patterson R, Seabrooks-Blackmore J, Labyak C, Jahan-Mihan A, Sealey-Potts C, Christie C, Rodriguez J. High school students’ fruit and vegetable consumption by health zone. Florida HERI (Health Equities Research Institute) - Florida Health Disparities Summit. Tampa FL, February 2016.


Yu Z, Snyder J, Tan M. Gender difference in disordered eating behaviors among college students. The Obesity Society, Los Angeles CA, November 2015. 


Yu Z, Snyder J, Tan M, Ross J, Shank J. Disordered eating behaviors among college students: does nutrition major matter? Experimental Biology, Boston MA, April 2015. 


Lowndes J, Sinnett S, Yu Z, Rippe J. Changes in risk factors for the metabolic syndrome as a result of ten weeks of high sugar intake are not impacted by the type or amount of fructose containing sugar consumed. Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco CA, June 2013.


Lowndes J, Yu Z, Rippe J. No changes in plasma uric acid and blood pressure following ten weeks of fructose containing sugar consumption. American Society of Hypertension Annual Meeting, San Francisco CA, May 2013.


Yu Z, Lowndes J, Sinnett S, Rippe J. The effects of various consumption levels of high fructose corn syrup and sucrose on circulating glucose, insulin, leptin, active ghrelin and triglycerides. Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, Boston MA, April 2013.


Reimers K, Yu Z, Sinnett S, Nguyen V. Rippe J. Frozen single serve meals instead of usual lunch result in reduced blood pressure and cholesterol. American Heart Association EPI/NPAM Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA, March 2013.


Lowndes J, Sinnett S, Yu Z, Rippe J. Effects of fructose containing sugars on lipids, blood pressure and uric acid when consumed at up to 90th percentile population consumption levels. American Heart Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles CA, November 2012.


Bravo S, Lowndes J, Yu Z, Rippe J. Ten weeks of daily consumption of common fructose containing sugars does not increase liver fat content— a CT evaluation. Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, November 2012.


Bravo S, Lowndes J, Yu Z, Rippe J. Ten weeks of daily consumption of common fructose containing sugars does not increase muscle fat content—MR evaluation of thigh musculature. Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, November 2012.


Reimers K, Yu Z, Sinnett S. Weston S, Nguyen V. Rippe J. Frozen single serve meals at lunch result in improved diet quality. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, FNCE Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA, October 2012.


Lv N, Clark K, Nguyen V, Lowndes J, Yu Z, Sinnett S, Rippe J. High fructose corn syrup and sucrose sweetened milk improve dietary quality during weight loss by displacing energy dense, nutrient poor foods. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, Philadelphia PA, October 2012.


Lv N, Yu Z, Lowndes J, Sinnett S, Rippe J. High fructose corn syrup and sucrose sweetened milk result in equivalent body composition changes and weight loss irrespective of baseline calcium consumption during weight loss. Obesity Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX, September 2012.


Yu Z, Lowndes J, Nguyen V, Sinnett S, Weston S, Rippe J. Body weight and indices of adiposity are similarly affected by the two common types of fructose containing sugars, sucrose and high fructose corn syrup, when consumed as part of a normal diet. Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, Houston TX, June 2012.


Lowndes J, Yu Z, Sinnett S, Nguyen V, Weston S, Rippe J. Central adiposity and metabolic profile are similarly affected by the two common types of fructose containing sugars, sucrose and high fructose corn syrup, when consumed as part of a normal diet. Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, Houston TX, June 2012.


Reimers K, Sinnett S, Papadopoulos T, Nguyen V, Yu Z, Rippe J. Commercially prepared single serving meals as lunch meal replacement produce energy deficit and weight loss. Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, San Diego CA, April 2012.


Lowndes J, Papadopoulos T, Lowther B, Kawiecki D, Yu Z, Pardo S, Rippe J. High fructose corn syrup and sucrose are nutritionally equivalent and may help improve dietary quality during weight loss. Obesity Society Annual Meeting, Orlando FL, October 2011.


Lowndes J, Yu Z, Pardo S, Kawiecki D. Angelopoulos T, Rippe J. Sucrose and high fructose corn syrup have equivalent effects on cardiovascular risk improvement as part of a structured weight loss program. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver CO, June 2011.


Yu Z, Wojnicki FHE, Corwin RL. Estradiol and progesterone attenuate the effects of baclofen on binge fat intake in rats. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington DC, November 2008.


Yu Z, Corwin RL. Effects of estradiol and progesterone on binge-type eating in ovarectomized female rats. Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, San Diego CA, April 2008.


Yu Z, Wojnicki FHE, Corwin RL. Ovarian hormones alter the effects of baclofen on fat intake under binge-type conditions. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Atlanta GA, October 2006.


Yu Z, Wojnicki FHE, Corwin RL. Effects of hormone replacement on binge-type eating in ovariectomized female rats. Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior Annual Meeting, Naples FL, July 2006.
 

YuContact Information

Building 39, Room 3044

(904) 620-1442

z.yu@unf.edu