Matthew Solan

Matthew Solan is the executive editor of the Harvard Men's Health Watch. He previously served as executive editor for UCLA Health's Healthy Years and as a contributor to Duke Medicine's Health News and Weill Cornell Medical College's Women Nutrition Connection and Women's Health Advisor. Matthew's articles on medicine, exercise science, and nutrition, have appeared in Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Runner's World, and Yoga Journal. He earned a master of fine arts in writing from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida.


Posts by Matthew Solan

Headaches: What to know, when to worry

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Have a headache? Learn about different kinds of headaches –– including tension, migraine, and cluster headaches –– ways to prevent or ease the pain, and when to get medical help.

Ease anxiety and stress: Take a (belly) breather

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

The stresses of daily life can keep us in a state of constant tension. Learning to belly breathe can help ease your body’s response to anxiety and stress.

The rise of push-ups: A classic exercise that can help you get stronger

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Basic push-ups engage your body from top to bottom. They work several muscle groups at once including the arms, chest, abdomen (core), hips, and legs. How many you can do at one time offers a simple way to evaluate your strength and muscular endurance and is an easy tool to help you improve. To find your starting point, perform as many push-ups as you can with good form.

Dairy: Health food or health risk?

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Are dairy products good for us, or not? There’s a lot of conflicting information. Dairy products are good sources of calcium, protein, and vitamin D, but choosing lower-fat versions is still probably better for overall health.

Give yourself an annual health self-assessment

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

An annual health self-assessment—a full analysis of your well-being—is a way to evaluate your status, taking into account both what you have accomplished and where you may be able to improve.

Putting a stop to leaky gut

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

In an unhealthy gut, the lining of your intestine weakens, causing bacteria and toxins to leak into the body, triggering inflammation. The most common causes are genes and diet, with age playing a role as well. But diagnosing the condition is challenging, and may require trying different treatment approaches.

The introvert’s guide to social engagement

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Research shows that regular social interaction can lower risk for heart disease, depression, and early death, but not everyone is comfortable in social settings. If this describes you, there are still ways you can socialize without going beyond your comfort zone.

Tired? 4 simple ways to boost energy

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

If you find yourself feeling like you are tired and lack energy, your body may be trying to tell you that you should make some changes to your health habits.

Art therapy: Another way to help manage pain

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Art therapy can be an effective tool in the treatment and management of pain when used as an adjunct to medication. Taking the brain’s focus away from pain improves mood and helps people regain control of their lives.

Alcohol and heart health

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Moderate alcohol consumption can have a beneficial effect on heart health, but the “moderate” part is the key. One drink a day is recommended as the safest amount that offers a heart-health benefit.