Nutrition News

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”

International Collaborative Study Reinforces the Dangers of Excess Weight

Coverage From HSPH News, featuring Shilpa Bhupathiraju and Frank Hu:  Being overweight or obese is associated with a higher risk of dying prematurely than being normal weight—and the risk increases with additional pounds, according to a large international collaborative study led by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University … Continue reading “International Collaborative Study Reinforces the Dangers of Excess Weight”

Creative Design for Bicycling Promotion and Safety

Coverage From HSPH News, featuring Anne Lusk:  Solar-powered bike paths that can melt snow and ice; pollution-eating vacuum towers near bicycle paths; bicycle parking stations with lockers, rest rooms, and showers; and bicycle wheels with rechargeable batteries that help propel riders up hills are just a few of the 70 innovations—some already in place, others still … Continue reading “Creative Design for Bicycling Promotion and Safety”