Topic: healthy lifestyles

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Health & how we live

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] In the last 100 years, we have changed the way we live—what we eat and drink, whether and how much we exercise, how we drive, what we inhale. Our shifting lifestyles contribute not only to heart disease but…

Employer health incentives

[Winter 2009] Employee wellness programs prod workers to adopt healthy lifestyles A Massachusetts man lost his job at a Scotts Miracle-Gro lawn and garden center in 2006 when a routine drug test came back positive. The finding: nicotine. Company leaders were cracking…

Tales from a long relationship

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] What would become one of the largest and most important cohort studies examining the role of environment and behavior on disease began modestly in 1976, when a small group of researchers from HSPH, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham…

Alumni Award of Merit Winners 2009

[Fall 2009] Scientific Pioneers, Inspirational Teachers Call them pioneers for delving into unexplored research areas. Call them conventional-wisdom busters for proving that common health risks can be limited or eliminated. Or call them mentors who challenge students and guide them to be…

Adding years to life--and life to years

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Today, it’s conventional wisdom and a scientific truism that regular exercise is one of the healthiest habits around. But public health researchers weren’t always so certain that physical fitness was essential. One of the first to scientifically document…

Vitamins

A daily multivitamin is a great nutrition insurance policy. Some extra vitamin D may add an extra health boost. True, a healthy diet should provide nearly all the nutrients you need. But many people don't eat the healthiest of diets. That's why…

Staying Active

In addition to eating high-quality foods, physical activity can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Getting regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. It lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke,…

What Should I Eat?

Using Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate as a guide, we recommend eating mostly vegetables, fruit, and whole grains, healthy fats, and healthy proteins. We suggest drinking water instead of sugary beverages, and we also address common dietary concerns such as salt and sodium,…