Healthy Eating

3 New Year’s resolutions all families can (and should) make

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for grownups. Taking small steps toward a healthier, more connected life as a family can be fun and help lay the foundation for a lifetime of wellness.

Answer these 5 questions to help make your New Year’s resolutions stick

Marcelo Campos, MD
Marcelo Campos, MD, Contributor

If you want to keep your New Year’s resolutions, you need to approach them as a process of behavior change, make your goals realistic, and have a specific plan for how you will reach them.

Avoiding holiday excess (and what to do if you overdo it)

Monique Tello, MD, MPH
Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor

During the holiday season it’s easy to indulge in too much rich food or alcohol (or both), but some strategic planning ahead of your temptation-filled events can keep you feeling good. And if you’ve already had too much, there are things you can do to feel better quickly.

Is there a link between alcohol and skin cancer?

Emily S. Ruiz, MD, MPH
Emily S. Ruiz, MD, MPH, Contributor

An analysis of studies found an association between alcohol consumption and increased risk of certain skin cancers, but there is no solid evidence of a direct connection.

Real-life healthy dinners (for real people with real busy lives)

Monique Tello, MD, MPH
Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor

What’s for dinner? Answering that question can be a daily challenge, and even more so if you are trying to follow healthy eating guidelines. But a little planning and shopping can get you set up to put together meals that are healthful and quick.

Are sprouted grains more nutritious than regular whole grains?

Heidi Godman
Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter

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.

A doctor’s recipe for a healthy breakfast

Monique Tello, MD, MPH
Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor

Find out a Harvard Medical School doctor’s secret to a quick, budget friendly, and simple healthy breakfast.

Why parents should use responsive feeding with their babies

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that parents approach feeding their babies based on signs of hunger and fullness, with the intent of preventing obesity.

The latest scoop on the health benefits of coffee

Robert H. Shmerling, MD
Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Coffee used to be criticized for contributing to a number of health problems, but time and research have disproved most of those beliefs. Now coffee is considered healthy, but as with so many things, moderation is important.

Food trends through the years: A mixed bag for heart health?

Julie Corliss
Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter

The urge to follow food trends is strong, but eating a low-carb or gluten-free diet may not be the best choice for cardiovascular health. And while trans fat is on its way to being eliminated from packaged foods, we still eat too much sugar and salt.