Francesca Coltrera

Francesca Coltrera is editor of the Harvard Health Blog and a senior content writer and editor for Harvard Health Publishing. She is an award-winning medical writer and co-author of Living Through Breast Cancer and The Breast Cancer Survivor’s Fitness Plan. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, SELF, and the Boston Herald, among other venues. She is interested in many health topics, including coronavirus and COVID-19, emotional and physical wellness, parenting and children's health, women’s health, exercise, longevity, cancer, caregiving, and end-of-life issues.


Posts by Francesca Coltrera

5 winning ways for kids to burn energy

Lauren Elson, MD

Contributor
Francesca Coltrera

Editor, Harvard Health Blog

After a couple of months of sheltering in place, and with warm weather upon us, your children probably have plenty of excess energy. Here are five suggestions for activities that will get them moving — and there’s nothing stopping parents from joining in.

Calm for the holidays

Francesca Coltrera

Editor, Harvard Health Blog

If the frenzied holiday season is stressing you out, try these tips to ease stress and boost calm. Even if you’re pressed for time, you’ll feel better.

Anxiety in children

Francesca Coltrera

Editor, Harvard Health Blog

Young children may feel worried or fearful from time to time, but more serious anxiety in children can interfere with development. There are a variety of treatment options, and parents can learn strategies to help children manage anxiety.

Anxiety: What it is, what to do

Francesca Coltrera

Editor, Harvard Health Blog

Some anxiety in your life is normal and may be beneficial, but a response to anxiety that is out of proportion to the cause or source can be an indicator of an anxiety disorder. There are a variety of treatments for anxiety, and often the most effective approach is a combination of different methods.