Topic: Nutrition

Economic growth no cure for child undernutrition

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Boston, MA — A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world’s…

Student profile: Pamela Hung, SM '14

Q: Why did you choose HSPH? A: My particular area of interest is healthy eating and HSPH has a world-class nutrition department. After reading Eat, Drink and Be Healthy by Walter Willett [Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair, Department…

Chefs and doctors team up to promote healthy cooking

Doctors, dieticians, and chefs gathered March 13-16, 2014 for the annual Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference in Napa Valley, Calif. The event, a collaboration between Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Culinary Institute of America, provides health professionals with the…

SNAP reform could make program healthier

According to recent Harvard School of Public Health research, people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits actually see their health get worse. HSPH nutrition expert Walter Willett appeared on the WGBH television show “Greater Boston” to talk about this problem…

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…