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Weight gain in early to middle adulthood may increase major health risks and mortality

[Excerpted from Harvard Gazette] Cumulative weight gain over the course of early and middle adulthood may increase health risks later in life, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They found that compared with people who kept their weight stable, people who gained a moderate amount of weight (5 … Continue reading “Weight gain in early to middle adulthood may increase major health risks and mortality”

Improving diet quality over time linked with reduced risk of premature death

[Excerpted from Harvard Chan News] People who improve the quality of their diets over time, eating more whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish and less red and processed meats and sugary beverages, may significantly reduce their risk of premature death, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It … Continue reading “Improving diet quality over time linked with reduced risk of premature death”

A whole-community approach to reduce childhood obesity shows promise

A large-scale effort to reduce childhood obesity in two low-income Massachusetts communities resulted in some modest improvements among schoolchildren over a relatively short period of time, suggesting that such a comprehensive approach holds promise for the future. The study, along with two others evaluating Massachusetts’ efforts to reduce childhood obesity, were published in the July 2017 issue of Obesity. Coverage: A … Continue reading “A whole-community approach to reduce childhood obesity shows promise”

Dr. Frank Sacks discusses American Heart Association advisory on saturated fat

In a new advisory, the American Heart Association (AHA) concluded strongly that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats will lower the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In a Q&A with Harvard Chan News, Dr. Frank Sacks, Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and lead author of the advisory, sets the record straight on saturated fat and heart … Continue reading “Dr. Frank Sacks discusses American Heart Association advisory on saturated fat”

Biking preferences in a lower income, primarily minority neighborhood

[Excerpted from Harvard Chan News] Blacks and Hispanics living in Roxbury, MA, a low-income Boston neighborhood, prefer riding on safe-from-traffic bicycle routes such as cycle tracks—rather than biking with traffic in roadways—and they want more secure places to park their bicycles to prevent theft, according to a new Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health … Continue reading “Biking preferences in a lower income, primarily minority neighborhood”

Award to create a microbiome biobank

[Excerpt from Harvard Chan News] BIOM-Mass, led by Eric Rimm, professor of epidemiology and nutrition and Wendy Garrett, professor of immunology and infectious diseases, will create the world’s most comprehensive human microbiome specimen collection, using samples from more than 25,000 individuals from the School-based Nurses’ Health Study II and other long-running cohort studies. The researchers … Continue reading “Award to create a microbiome biobank”

Spotlight on 2017 Graduates

Five students in the Department of Nutrition will receive their doctorate degrees during Commencement on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Bright, hardworking, and highly dedicated towards improving public health worldwide, these new ScD’s worked long and hard to achieve their academic goals, and their new Harvard degrees are well earned. The Department of Nutrition congratulates these graduates for … Continue reading “Spotlight on 2017 Graduates”

Kirsten Davison receives 2017 Alice Hamilton Award

Dr. Kirsten Davison, the Donald and Sue Pritzker Associate Professor of Nutrition, has received the 7th Annual Alice Hamilton Award from the Committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty (CAWF). The Alice Hamilton Award recognizes the impact in public health and the future promise of a woman faculty member, honoring the memory of Alice Hamilton–a pioneer in … Continue reading “Kirsten Davison receives 2017 Alice Hamilton Award”

Poster Day 2017

The Department of Nutrition was well represented at the 3rd Annual Harvard Chan Poster Day, where students, postdocs, and research associates gathered to present and discuss their work. Presenters from the department included: Alyssa Moran, Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Marketing During Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefit Issuance: Insight from Three New York Counties Amanda C. McClain, Food … Continue reading “Poster Day 2017”