Healthy Eating

The crucial brain foods all children need

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Proper nutrition is crucial for mothers-to-be and their babies, as brain development depends on many nutrients and vitamins, but it’s not always easy or affordable for people to get the healthy foods they need.

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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.