Heidi Godman

Heidi Godman is the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter. Before coming to the Health Letter, she was an award-winning television news anchor and medical reporter for 25 years. Heidi was named a journalism fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and has been honored by the Associated Press, the American Heart Association, the Wellness Community, and other organizations for outstanding medical reporting. Heidi holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism from West Virginia University.


Posts by Heidi Godman

Multigenerational fitness parks

That playground you like to visit with your kids or grandkids may be morphing into a space that is “fun for the whole family” — fitness parks with exercise equipment suitable for people of all ages alongside the more typical child-focused play structures.

Dietary rut? 5 ways to snap out of it

If you find that you’re eating the same meals too frequently, or relying too much on frozen dinners or takeout, here are some suggestions to perk up your meals and break out of that dietary rut.

Digestive enzyme supplements for heartburn?

A digestive enzyme supplement can be helpful for people who have difficulty digesting certain foods, but taking one to treat a condition such as heartburn may or may not provide any relief.

Can DNA markers predict aging?

A newly available test offers to provide information about your telomeres, parts of your DNA that are considered markers of aging, but on its own this information is of little value, and you can make beneficial lifestyle changes without paying for a test.

Returning to an old exercise routine? Here’s what you need to know

If you are interested in returning to a workout routine after being away from it for an extended period of time, it’s very easy to injure yourself. In order to avoid this, get your doctor’s approval and gear your activity to your current level of fitness.

Healthcare freebies that can make you, and your wallet, feel a little better

From prescription drugs to prepared meals, there are many health-enhancing services that may be available at no cost, depending on where you live and whether you meet certain requirements.

Are sprouted grains more nutritious than regular whole grains?

People looking for more nutritional value from food should consider adding sprouted grains to their diet. They offer higher percentages of nutrients compared to whole-grain products, and may be easier for some people to digest.

Can we zap eye floaters away?

Floaters in the eyes are annoying but generally not harmful. An experimental treatment can remove a certain type of floater with a laser, but without further study it’s too soon to recommend it.

Easy hacks to understand new terms on food labels

As the variety of foods available in supermarkets has grown, new terminology has also proliferated. Definitions of food terms vary depending on the farm, manufacturer, and federal or state rules, but this guide offers quick explanations of common food terms, along with some context for why certain types of food may or may not be worth buying.

7 ways to save cash on prescription drugs

Medication costs vary widely depending on the type of drug, insurance coverage, and other factors. There are several ways to save money on medications, including choosing a generic version or comparing prices from several stores.