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Adding years to life--and life to years

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Today, it’s conventional wisdom and a scientific truism that regular exercise is one of the healthiest habits around. But public health researchers weren’t always so certain that physical fitness was essential. One of the first to scientifically document…

Staying Active

In addition to eating high-quality foods, physical activity can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Getting regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. It lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke,…

Muscle training linked with lowered risk of type 2 diabetes

A new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study finds that muscle strengthening and conditioning activities—like resistance exercise, yoga, stretching and toning—are associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Following nearly 100,000 women over eight years, Anders Grøntved, visiting researcher…

Bicycling, brisk walking help women control weight

Researchers Call for More Bike-Friendly Environments to Combat Obesity For immediate release: Monday, June 28, 2010 Boston, MA— Premenopausal women who make even small increases in the amount of time they spend bicycling or walking briskly every day decrease their risk of gaining…

Exercise may lower risk of death for men with prostate cancer

For immediate release: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 Boston, MA – A new study of men with prostate cancer finds that physical activity is associated with a lower risk of overall mortality and of death due to prostate cancer. The Harvard School of…

How liver ‘talks’ to muscle: A well-timed, coordinated conversation

For immediate release: Monday, October 23, 2013 Boston, MA – A major collaborative research effort involving scientists at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Harvard University has uncovered a novel signal mechanism that controls how fat…