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Honing messages about potential harms to health from sugary drinks

Harvard Bell Fellow Anna Grummon, PhD, is an author on this study published in Appetite that looks at which “health harms” participants (a group of over 1,000 parents in the U.S.) were most aware of, and which ones most discouraged them from buying sugary drinks. “These findings suggest health messages focused on a variety of … Continue reading “Honing messages about potential harms to health from sugary drinks”

The dangers of ignoring the other epidemic during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jason Block contributes his public health expertise to this op-ed in The Washington Post on the acute (and chronic) risks of ignoring the obesity issue in the U.S. “The reason obesity is so stigmatized is that people think of weight as a choice . . . It’s especially unfair when we have a society that … Continue reading “The dangers of ignoring the other epidemic during the COVID-19 pandemic”

How are changes in working status due to COVID-19 impacting the mental health of those Americans close to retirement age?

Harvard Pop Center’s Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work Leah Abrams, PhD, and recent Harvard Bell Fellow Lindsay Kobayashi, PhD, along with a colleague, have published their findings which reveal that workers who lost their jobs (more commonly associated with those who were under age 65 and those with less than a college degree), were … Continue reading “How are changes in working status due to COVID-19 impacting the mental health of those Americans close to retirement age?”

If this is to be the “Decade of Healthy Ageing,” treatments and support for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs) need to scale up now

The United Nations has declared that we are now in the “UN Decade of Healthy Ageing” (2021-2030) as a way to address the challenges that accompany increasing global life expectancy. Two researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center (David Bloom and Benjamin Seligman) are among the authors of this piece published on voxeu.org that cites … Continue reading “If this is to be the “Decade of Healthy Ageing,” treatments and support for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs) need to scale up now”

Older adults in rural South Africa who care for their grandchildren may also be safeguarding their cognitive function

Three researchers (Harvard Pop Center Research Scientist Elyse Jennings, Research Associate Director Meagan Farrell, and former Bell Fellow Lindsay Kobayashi) affiliated with one of the flagship projects at the Harvard Pop Center — Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI) — have published their findings in … Continue reading “Older adults in rural South Africa who care for their grandchildren may also be safeguarding their cognitive function”

Announcing our next cohort of Bell Fellows!

We are pleased to announce that after an extensive and competitive recruitment process, three exceptional scholars will be joining the Harvard Pop Center community as Bell Fellows this coming fall (2021–2023). Brittney Butler’s research investigates anti-Black structural racism as a risk factor for Pregnancy Induced Hypertensive Disorders (PIHDs) among Black women. During her fellowship, she … Continue reading “Announcing our next cohort of Bell Fellows!”