Nutrition News

Spotlight on Soda

Taxes, warning labels, and industry influence: sugary drinks are a growing topic in policy discussions both nationally and internationally. Earlier this year, following evidence-based recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines—for the first time—included a limit on added sugars at less than 10 percent of total calories. For an average … Continue reading “Spotlight on Soda”

Study sheds light on dairy fat and cardiovascular disease risk

Until recently, when you visited the dairy aisle, chances are you headed straight for the blue carton of milk—the skim milk that is. But recent buzz about dairy fat may cause shoppers to pause in front of the oft-shunned red carton of whole milk or other full-fat dairy products, as research suggests that their relationship … Continue reading “Study sheds light on dairy fat and cardiovascular disease risk”

Activating a Move-Friendly World

Sometimes the most innovative ideas do not rely on the latest technology but perhaps something far more challenging: changing the norm. Imagine this scenario. You are attending a fascinating lecture, diligently taking notes, when abruptly the speaker pushes away the microphone and steps from the podium. She requests everyone to rise from their seats and … Continue reading “Activating a Move-Friendly World”

Back-to-School Fuel

If you’re a parent or caregiver, you’ve likely tackled the back-to-school list: new supplies, sneakers, backpack, and lunch box. How about what goes into that lunch box? Amidst hectic school-year schedules, here are some tips to make sure healthy packed meals aren’t an afterthought:

Healthy kids ‘sweet enough’ without added sugars

The American Heart Association recommends children and teens consume less than 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons, of added sugar per day. Consuming foods and beverages high in added sugars during childhood is linked to the development of risk factors for heart disease, including an increased risk of obesity and elevated blood pressure. In a scientific … Continue reading “Healthy kids ‘sweet enough’ without added sugars”

The Nurses’ Health Study: Celebrating 40 years of vital contributions to public health

Forty years, multiple cohorts, and 275 thousand participants and counting. The September issue of the American Journal of Public Health celebrates the substantial knowledge on nutrition and other aspects of chronic disease prevention generated by the historic Nurses’ Health Studies. The Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) was launched in 1976 with over 121,700 nurse participants to … Continue reading “The Nurses’ Health Study: Celebrating 40 years of vital contributions to public health”

The rising epidemic of cardiovascular disease in China

Coverage From HSPH News, featuring Frank Hu and Yanping Li: A 20-year rise in cardiovascular disease (CVD) in China appears to have been spurred largely by increases in high blood pressure, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Increasing body mass index (BMI), decreasing physical activity, a high prevalence of … Continue reading “The rising epidemic of cardiovascular disease in China”

Processed red meat related to higher risk of death, plant protein to lower risk

Did you grow up with a parent who would fill half your dinner plate with meatloaf, chanting the importance of eating enough protein to grow big and strong? A new study published in the Aug 1 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that a bowl of lentils and quinoa may have done you more good … Continue reading “Processed red meat related to higher risk of death, plant protein to lower risk”