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Amy Joy Lanou

University of North Carolina Asheville

Amy Lanou

Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., is chair and professor of health and wellness for the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC Asheville).


Dr. Lanou currently teaches nutrition, food politics and nutrition policy, health communication, and senior seminar in health promotion at UNC Asheville. Her research interests include nutrition for the prevention of chronic disease, nutrition and bone health, and how experiential food education impacts what individuals know, think, and do with respect to dietary choices.

Dr. Lanou publishes regularly on the relationship between vegetarian diets and dairy products and health. In addition, she does collaborative research on engaged interdisciplinary ways of teaching and learning. She is the author of Building Bone Vitality (McGraw-Hill; June 2009) and Healthy Eating for Life for Children (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Feb. 2002).

She is committed to food system change at the local and national level by working to influence policy, teaching, gardening, supporting local farmers and other change agents, and making nourishing meals from local foods for large groups of people.