Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN

Kathy McManus is Director of the Department of Nutrition and Director of the Dietetic Internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston. In addition, she serves as the Director for Nutrition at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Director of Nutrition and Behavior Modification Programs for the Program for Weight Management at the Brigham. Ms. McManus has been involved with a number of cardiovascular and obesity related research trials during her years at the Brigham including an NIH funded obesity study, POUNDS (Preventing Overweight Using Novel Dietary Strategies) Lost as a co-investigator.


Posts by Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN

Phytonutrients: Paint your plate with the colors of the rainbow

Phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables can protect us from chronic diseases if we eat enough of them. Because different produce contains different phytonutrients, consuming as much of a variety as possible is the best way to benefit from this protection.

A practical guide to the Mediterranean diet

Making small, gradual changes to your eating habits and patterns is an easy way to incorporate the Mediterranean diet approach into your life.

Should I be eating more fiber?

Most Americans eat less than half the recommended amount of fiber, even though there’s plenty of evidence showing the many benefits of a fiber-rich diet.

Why keep a food diary?

For those looking to improve their diet or lose weight, keeping a food diary is a useful tool. Recording information for at least a week will help people identify habits and patterns that will help them set realistic goals.

Benefits of a healthy diet — with or without weight loss

Can you improve your health by changing your diet, even if you are unable to lose weight? Three studies examined different variations on the DASH diet, and all found improvements in blood pressure, plus lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in one instance — even without weight loss.

Healthy eating through the holidays

At this time of year, with parties and food gifts it’s extremely easy to give in to temptation and overindulge. If you have been trying to make healthier eating choices (or want to start), here are some suggestions for how to eat healthy through the holiday season and still enjoy yourself.

10 behaviors for healthy weight loss

Trying to lose weight and keep it off can be frustrating, but adopting certain healthy behaviors in your food buying and eating habits can make the challenge of losing weight more manageable.

What is a plant-based diet and why should you try it?

For those looking to adopt a healthier eating pattern, plant-based diets have been shown to promote health and reduce the risk of many diseases and conditions. Plant-based eating can mean avoiding animal products entirely, or incorporating them in varying degrees.

10 superfoods to boost a healthy diet

Healthy eating patterns have been shown to provide significant health benefits and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Certain “superfoods” are rich in important nutrients and will bolster your efforts to eat a healthier diet.

Summer is the perfect time to fine tune your diet

If you’re feeling down about not sticking to your New Year’s Resolution to eat better, don’t fret! Summer is the perfect time to kick start your new eating routine. It’s important to establish an eating pattern and stay with it. Eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are some great ways to eat healthfully. These tips can help you eat swap the sugar for fruit and the red meat for lean protein.