Topic: obesity

Tackling childhood obesity in communities

May 28, 2013 — At age four, Talita Jordan told her mother — a young, single parent — that she wanted to be a doctor. She stuck with the plan, becoming chief resident at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Now,…

Jamie Oliver receives 2012 Healthy Cup Award

May 23, 2012 Television personality, food activist, and internationally acclaimed chef Jamie Oliver received Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) Healthy Cup Award on May 22, 2012 at a packed ceremony at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in Boston. More than…

Nutrition news: Mediterraneans abandon their famous diet

Italians, Greeks, and Spaniards are getting heavier, in spite of the fact that their countries are home to the Mediterranean diet, a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and healthy fats. Young people in particular are moving toward an “industrial” diet…

TREC center at HSPH tackles obesity, cancer prevention

May 11, 2012 Research has linked obesity with the development and progression of many health problems including multiple forms of cancer. But questions remain about the complex mechanisms by which obesity develops and how it affects cancer risk and survivorship. Now, Harvard…

School obesity-prevention program may reduce medical costs

School-based programs that teach middle schoolers about healthy foods, encourage less TV and other screen time, and urge more physical activity can reduce eating disorders among girls and help save on medical costs, according to a study co-authored by Harvard School of…

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…