Nutrition News

Q&A with Dr. David Eisenberg: On self-care skills, teaching kitchens & thinking outside of the box

EisenbergHeadshot1In his recently published article, “Nutrition education in an era of global obesity and diabetes: Thinking outside of the box,” Dr. David Eisenberg asserts that self-care skills are key in battling lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes. The heart of his message: Teach medical professionals about nutrition and self-care so that they will be better prepared to teach patients valuable skills for leading healthier lives.

Below, we ask Dr. Eisenberg to elaborate on some of his article’s key points.

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WEBCAST: Scientific Report of the 2015 DGAC

The on-demand webcast can be viewed here.

On Wednesday February 25, The Harvard/T.H. Chan School of Public Health hosted a symposium on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC):  Evidence Basis and Key Recommendations. The event was moderated by Dr. Howard Koh, with Dr. J. Michael McGinnis as the Keynote Speaker. Presenters included Dr. Barbara Millen, Dr. Frank Hu, and other members of the DGAC. 

Ask the Expert with Dr. Walter Willett: Cholesterol

walter_willettSince 1980, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been advising Americans on what to eat for optimal health. Published every 5 years, the Dietary Guidelines are a reflection of the most up-to-date research.

 In December 2014 the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released a preliminary document stating that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption,” suggesting that dietary cholesterol has little impact upon a person’s actual health status. Though the final report from the DGAC isn’t due until later in 2015, we checked in with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Walter Willett for some clarification on dietary cholesterol.

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