Topic: nutrition

New online calculator estimates cardiovascular disease risk

For immediate release: Friday, November 14, 2014 Boston, MA — The new Healthy Heart Score developed by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) gives individuals an easy method to estimate their 20-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on simple…

Calcium and Milk

Calcium is important. But milk isn’t the only, or even best, source. It’s not a news flash that calcium is key for healthy bones. Getting enough calcium from childhood through adulthood helps build bones up and then helps slow the loss of…

Rolling back school lunch nutrition standards a bad idea

Congressional efforts to undermine school lunch nutrition standards implemented in 2012 could threaten progress in the fight against childhood obesity, according to an opinion piece in the October 29, 2014 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Critics of the standards, including some…

Red meat consumption and breast cancer risk

October 9, 2014 — Maryam S Farvid, a visiting scientist and Takemi fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, was first author on two recent studies that found that young women who ate higher amounts of red meat had a higher risk…

HSPH and Mexico: Ties that bind

This month, Harvard University President Drew Faust, Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk, and other Harvard administrators and faculty traveled to Mexico to celebrate the university’s strong and longstanding relationship with that nation. Dean Frenk served as that country’s minister…

Protein

Protein is found throughout the body—in muscle, bone, skin, hair, and virtually every other body part or tissue. It makes up the enzymes that power many chemical reactions and the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in your blood. At least 10,000 different proteins…

Red meat may raise young women’s breast cancer risk

New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds a link between high consumption of red meat and breast cancer in young women. Compared with women who had one serving of red meat a week, those who ate 1.5 servings a…

Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks are a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. The term “soft drink” refers to any beverage with added sugar or other sweetener, and includes soda, fruit punch, lemonade and other “ades,” sweetened powdered drinks, and sports and energy drinks. People…

Healthy diet and cancer risk: What do we know?

Studies have shown that diets rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, and chicken—and low on sugar and red meat—can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But evidence that healthy diets also reduce cancer risk remains less conclusive. Walter…

Healthy lifestyle may cut gestational diabetes cases by half

Healthy lifestyle habits—maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and staying physically active—may help prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop in pregnant women, according to a new study. Looking at data from more than 14,000 American women, the researchers found…