Healthy Lifestyle

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is a goal everyone can get behind. But when it comes to changing behaviors that lead to real change— such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet, and becoming more active—it can be difficult to find the motivation. And sometimes it’s a challenge just to figure out where to begin. 

The rewards of achieving better health are well documented. A healthy weight and active life significantly lowers the risk of life-shortening, disabling conditions like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. But most people need support to overcome inertia and change habits.

The foremost health experts at Harvard Medical School offer up-to-date guidance in the form of compelling and trustworthy content that helps consumers achieve realistic goals, leading to lifelong changes.

The Rewards Change

Habits are hard to break—and short-term rewards rarely deliver lasting change. To help consumers embrace healthy lifestyle choices that stick, physicians and researchers from Harvard Medical School explain how to create a long term path for positive change that is achievable, has meaning, and is purposeful. 

Simple changes, Big rewards

The missing rewards that motivate health lifestyle changes

The Science of Healthful Eating

Americans spend a whopping $40 billion each year on diet plans—but trend-driven diets haven’t helped reduce the burden of chronic disease. In fact, more than 66% of adults in the US are overweight or obese. Heart disease kills one in four Americans, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and the incidence of Type 2 diabetes is skyrocketing.

With an evidence-based approach that relies on the latest food science, researchers and nutrition experts from Harvard Medical School offer simple, easy-to-follow advice for a heart-healthy diet. The Six-Week Plan for Healthy Eating makes a “healthy eating plate” the centerpiece of every meal, and includes easy, actionable choices that consumers can incorporate into their daily meal planning to start eating healthfully.

Go with the Guidelines

The physicians of Harvard Medical School offer their own simple food philosophy: Eat healthy. Take small portions. Savor each bite.

Developing good eating habits is that simple when it’s broken down. And choosing a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and lean protein can prevent a range of major ailments, from heart disease to cancer.

With an evidence-based approach and relying on the latest food science, researchers and nutrition experts from Harvard Medical School offer simple, easy-to-follow advice for a heart-healthy diet. The Six-Week Plan for Healthy Eating makes a “healthy eating plate” the centerpiece of every meal, and includes easy, actionable choices that consumers can incorporate into their daily meal planning to start eating healthfully.

Eat This, Not That

To jumpstart healthy eating, a pantry makeover may be in order. Recognizing how nutrient winners and losers stack up in supermarket aisles can help consumers shop wisely. Our experts sort through the science of nutrition labels and answer questions about specific foods that should (or shouldn’t) take up space in consumers’ shopping carts.

Exercise: The Best Medicine

The evidence is clear: Committing to 30 minutes of daily exercise can enhance physical and mental health, reducing the risks of developing a heart problem or chronic disease. In fact, results of one study demonstrated that regular exercise is more effective than many drugs in decreasing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Beginning a formal exercise program can be daunting. But luckily, encouraging data shows that just adding simple activities to your daily routine, like taking stairs or raking leaves, can bring major benefits. Physicians from Harvard Medical School offer practical and easily achievable strategies to help consumers safely start moving towards preserving a healthy heart.

Getting Started

A Little Exercise Offsets a Lot of Sitting

Exercise: It Does So Much More Than Burn Calories

How Much Exercise Do You Really Need? Less Than You Think

Where to Begin

How much exercise is enough? What is safe? Should I talk to a doctor first? Questions about the right exercise program shouldn’t prevent people from starting one. We provide common-sense, evidence-based guidelines to help consumers safely incorporate exercise into their daily lives.

Start Moving

From simple core and cardio workouts that can be done at home, to yoga and walking routines, exercise experts from Harvard Medical School provide a menu of exercise options to keep consumers moving—and enjoying exercise’s healthy benefits.

Cultivating the Mind-Body Connection

Stress is an inescapable part of life. But there’s increasing evidence that the way we manage daily challenges, from traffic jams to fear of terrorism, can play a big role in determining our overall health.

In fact, the risk of developing heart disease can be reduced by practicing mindfulness.  Experts from Harvard Medical School offer research-driven insights to help consumers maximize mind-body health and better manage stress.

Stress Management Approaches for Preventing and Reducing Stress

A Toolbox for Stress Management

Getting stress under control leads to numerous health benefits —from reducing the impact of inflammatory conditions like asthma and gastrointestinal disorders to slowing the aging process. We provide valuable guidance based on current, proven mind-body research to help consumers enhance their health by reducing stress.

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