Topic: nutrition

To improve bicycle safety, crash reports need to capture more data

For immediate release, April 2, 2015 Boston, MA – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers are calling upon police in all states to improve their reporting of crashes involving vehicles and bicycles, according to a new study. Currently, details on…

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…

Chef-enhanced school meals increase healthy food consumption

For immediate release: Monday, March 23, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Schools collaborating with a professionally trained chef to improve the taste of healthy meals significantly increased students’ fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan…

Folic acid may help significantly lower stroke risk

A new study by Chinese researchers has found that folic acid supplements are associated with significantly lower risk of stroke in people with high blood pressure. In an editorial accompanying the study—which appeared March 15, 2015 in the Journal of the American…

Humble peanut appears to offer health benefits of pricier nuts

You don’t have to shell out big bucks to get the health benefits of nuts. The humble peanut—while technically a legume—appears to do just fine in helping to prevent heart disease and in extending life as almonds, walnuts, and other pricier tree…

Improving the food system

Food-related research was on the plate at a Harvard-wide symposium in late February. The Harvard Food+ Research Symposium, hosted by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Harvard Kennedy School Sustainable Science Program, and the Harvard Center for the Environment, featured 22…

Eggs, fats, and the new dietary guidelines

A new recommendation that people don’t need to worry how much cholesterol is in their diet, from a panel that recently issued new dietary guidelines, corrects previous advice based on guesswork, according to nutrition expert Walter Willett of Harvard T.H. Chan School…

The science behind the new dietary guidelines report

February 27, 2015 -- What should we eat to be healthy—and to stay that way? More fruits and vegetables. Less red and processed meat. Whole grains instead of refined. Nonfat dairy foods, legumes, nuts, and seafood. Fewer foods with added sugars or…