Lilian Cheung
Primary Faculty

Lilian Cheung

Lecturer on Nutrition


Other Positions

Director of Mindfulness Research and Practice in the Department of Nutrition


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Dr. Lilian Cheung is Lecturer, Director of Health Promotion and Communication, as well as Director of Mindfulness Research and Practice at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition. She is the Editorial Director of The Nutrition Source, the school's nutrition website for health professionals, media and consumers. She also serves as co-editorial director of the Obesity Prevention Source, a website providing science based information for policy changes at the community level, as well as the Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative, a website providing research-based evidence for policy makers and public with the goal of reversing the spread of type 2 diabetes in Asia. Her work focuses on the translation of science-based recommendations into public health communications and programs, to promote healthy lifestyles for chronic disease prevention and control.

She is the co-Principal Investigator and co-author of Eat Well and Keep Moving (2001, 2nd edition 2007, 3rd edition 2015), a globally disseminated school-based nutrition and physical activity program for upper elementary school children. She is a collaborator at the Harvard Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Other work includes her role as co-editor of Child Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity (1995) with the late Surgeon General Dr. Julius Richmond, and co-author of Be Healthy! It's A Girl Thing: Food, Fitness and Feeling Great! (2003, 2nd edition 2010), a book written for adolescent girls. Her latest book Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life (2010, 2011) co-authored with Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, is in 17 languages.

M.S., 1975, Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health

D.Sc., 1978, Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health



Mindful eating can be antidote to stress

A growing body of research suggests that taking the time to savor meals rather than gulping them down on the go can improve health and well-being and promote a healthier relationship to food.

How to practice mindful eating

“Mindful eating”—the practice of taking time to consciously experience, enjoy, and express gratitude for a meal—offers myriad health benefits, according to Harvard Chan School’s Lilian Cheung.