Topic: nutrition

Nutrition label changes aim to encourage healthier eating

Public health experts lauded the recent changes to food labels announced by the Food and Drug Association (FDA) on February 27, 2014 — which include making serving sizes more realistic, listing added sugars, and printing calories in larger type — as a…

Study finds coffee craving may be in the genes

A new study co-authored by HSPH researchers has identified a genetic propensity for caffeine consumption. The researchers discovered two genes that drive people to consume more or less caffeine depending on which variation of the genes they possess. HSPH authors of the…

‘Binge-watching’ TV may be harmful to health

Settling into a comfortable chair to “binge-watch” multiple episodes of your favorite TV show for hours may be hazardous to your health over the long-term, according to Lilian Cheung, lecturer and director, health promotion and communication for the Department of Nutrition at…

Full-fat dairy may reduce obesity risk

Contrary to current popular wisdom, full-fat dairy products may actually be better than low-fat varieties for keeping off weight, says Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition expert Walter Willett. Willett was featured in a February 21, 2014 Q & A in…

Premature death

Rob van Dam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, on healthy lifestyles and premature mortality. (October, 2008) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download the podcast in mp3 format by right-clicking…

Sodium intake in U.S.

Adam Bernstein, research fellow in the Department of Nutrition, discusses sodium intake in the U.S. adult population. December 10, 2010 (3:04) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download the podcast in mp3 format…

Heart disease

[Winter 2009] The impact of genetics, stress, and lifestyle: Q & A with Eric Rimm Every heart attack survivor has a story to tell. Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Council member Rick Smith's is a tale of good fortune. There is no history…

Sugar and Salt

What Other Countries Have Done Over the past three decades in Finland, deaths from heart disease and stroke have both fallen 75 to 80 percent. As sodium intake has dropped 42 percent, and the Finnish population has made other healthy changes, life…

Spring 2013 Frontlines

[ Spring 2013 ] Quick updates about the latest public health news from across the School and beyond. HSPH cracks secrets of the malaria parasite HSPH researchers, led by Manoj Duraisingh, HSPH associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases, have discovered the…

Health & how we live

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] In the last 100 years, we have changed the way we live—what we eat and drink, whether and how much we exercise, how we drive, what we inhale. Our shifting lifestyles contribute not only to heart disease but…