Topic: nutrition

Does a little excess weight help you live longer?

Being a little overweight may be associated with a longer life, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). But some researchers, including Harvard School of Public Health’s [[Walter Willett]], disagree. “We have a huge…

Better diet after heart attack may reduce death risk

Healthy eating after a heart attack appears to significantly lower the risk of death, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study. Examining data from about 4,000 men and women, researchers found that people whose post-heart attack diets improved…

A tireless advocate for the science of healthy eating

The Boston Globe Magazine profiled Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition expert Walter Willett in the cover story of its July 28, 2013 issue. Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Nutrition Department at HSPH,…

Harvard events highlight benefits of Mediterranean diet

Recent events at Harvard highlighted the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, capitalizing on growing interest after a recent study provided strong new evidence of the diet’s ability to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. An event held Wednesday, April 3…

Study finds Mediterranean diet reduces heart disease risk

Switching to a Mediterranean diet—rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits, vegetables, and wine in moderation—can help prevent about 30% of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from heart disease in people at high risk compared with those eating a typical low-fat…

Eating more red meat may increase risk of type 2 diabetes

People who increase their red meat consumption may also increase their risk of type 2 diabetes, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Researchers found that people who started eating more red meat than usual—about 3.5 servings more…

Mediterranean diet boosts women's physical, mental health

A Mediterranean diet—rich in fish, nuts, vegetables, and fruits—appears to reduce the chances of developing chronic disease later in life, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health. Tracking the dietary habits of over 10,000 women beginning in late middle…

Boston teams with supermarkets to promote healthy beverages

A new partnership between the City of Boston and most of the city’s large supermarkets aims to help consumers choose healthier and less sugary beverages with a color-coded “Rethink Your Drink” campaign in stores and weekly circulars. Harvard School of Public Health’s…