Topic: healthy eating

Omega-3s tied to lower risk of irregular heartbeat

People with higher-than-average levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood may be roughly 30 percent less likely than those with the lowest levels to develop atrial fibrillation, according to new Harvard School of Public Health research. Atrial fibrillation is a dangerous…

Chef in school kitchens helps students eat healthier

With one in three U.S. children considered overweight or obese, food served in schools is being scrutinized closely. For many low-income students who eat free breakfasts and lunches at school, the cafeteria offerings may represent more than half of their daily calories.…

Health care reform news: paying for healthy lifestyles

Visiting scientist Harald Schmidt is quoted in a Reuters article about how local authorities, employers and health insurers in some countries are experimenting with paying people to encourage healthier lifestyles. Payments are made to discourage risky behaviors such as smoking, overeating or…

Nutrition news: Factors linked to long-term weight gain

Foods are not created equal when it comes to what foods are likely to pack on pounds over time, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers report. In a study published June 23, 2011, in the New England Journal of Medicine looking…

New strategies needed for preventing eating disorders

August 6, 2013 — The U.S. health care system needs more trained professionals and prevention specialists to take on the often overlooked―and sometimes deadly―issue of eating disorders. “Eating disorders need to be higher up on the public health agenda,” said S. Bryn Austin,…

Eat more beans, less white rice, to reduce diabetes risk

A new study by HSPH researchers Josiemer Mattei, Frank Hu, and Hannia Campos has found that beans are the far healthier half of the classic beans and rice dish. The researchers studied the diets of nearly 1,900 Costa Rican men and women…

Eating white rice regularly may raise type 2 diabetes risk

Eating white rice on a regular basis may increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research. HSPH researchers from the Department of Nutrition—led by Emily Hu, research assistant, and Qi Sun, research associate—reviewed…

SNAP program fails to boost consumption of healthy foods

November 25, 2013 — The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has failed to boost the nutritional value of food purchased and consumed by recipients or to improve food security (ensuring participants have food to meet household needs), according to a new…

Nutrition news: USDA’s ‘MyPlate’ doesn’t go far enough

The USDA’s MyPlate icon, aimed at providing Americans with easy-to-understand information about how to eat healthy, is an improvement on the old food pyramid but lacks certain key ingredients, said Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of…